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Julia E. Smith Translation 1876

 

   

9:1And God will praise Noah and his sons, and will say to them, Be fruitful and multiply, and fill the earth.
9:2And the fear of you, and the dread of you, shall be upon every living thing of the earth, and upon every bird of the heavens, upon every thing which shall creep along the earth and upon all the fishes of the sea; into your hand they were given.
9:3Every creeping thing which it lives shall be food to you as the green herb. I gave you all things.
9:4But the flesh with its breath, its blood ye shall not eat
9:5And surely, your blood of your lives I will search out, from the hand of every living thing I will search it out, and from the hand of man; from the hand of a man's brother I will search out the life of man.
9:6He pouring out man's blood, by man his blood shall be poured out: for in the image of God he made man.
9:7And you, be ye fruitful and multiply, and increase abundantly in the earth, and multiply in it
9:8And God will speak to Noah and to his sons, saying,
9:9And I, behold I establish my covenant with you and with your seed after you.
9:10And with every breathing thing which is with you, of birds, of cattle, and of every living thing of the earth with you, from all going out of the ark, to every living thing of the earth.
9:11And I established my covenant with you; and all flesh shall not be dissipated any more by the waters of a flood and there shall not be any more a flood to destroy the earth.
9:12And God will say, This is a sign of the covenant which I give between me and between you, and between every breathing thing living which is with you for future generations.
9:13I have set my bow in the cloud, and it shall be for a sign of a covenant between me and between the earth.
9:14And it shall be in my giving a cloud upon the earth, and the bow was seen in the cloud.
9:15And I remembered my covenant which is between me and between you, and between every breathing thing living of all flesh; and the waters shall not any more become a flood to destroy all flesh.
9:16The bow shall be in the cloud; and seeing it to remember the lasting covenant between God and between every breathing thing living of all flesh which is upon the earth.
9:17And God will say to Noah, This the sign of the covenant which I established between me and between all flesh which is upon the earth.
9:18And the sons of Noah going forth from the ark shall be Shem and Ham and Japheth; and Ham he the father of Canaan.
9:19These the three sons of Noah; and from these was the whole earth disseminated.
9:20And Noah will begin a man of the earth, and he will plant a vineyard.
9:21And he will drink of the wine and he will be intoxicated, and will be uncovered within his tent
9:22And Ham the father of Canaan will see the nakedness of his father, and he will declare to his two brethren without
9:23And Shem and Japheth will take a garment and they will put upon their two shoulders, and will go backwards and will cover the nakedness of their father: and their faces backwards, and they will not see the nakedness of their father.
9:24And Noah will awake from his wine and will know what his young son did to him.
9:25And he will say, Cursed be Canaan; a servant of servants shall he be to his brethren.
9:26And he will say, Praised Jehovah, God of Shem; Canaan shall be servant to him.
9:27God will dilate Japheth; he shall dwell in the tents of Shem; and Canaan shall be servant to him.
9:28And Noah shall live after the flood three hundred years and fifty years.
9:29And all the days of Noah shall be nine hundred years and fifty years: and he shall die.
Julia Smith and her sister

Julia E. Smith Translation 1876

The Julia Evelina Smith Parker Translation is considered the first complete translation of the Bible into English by a woman. The Bible was titled The Holy Bible: Containing the Old and New Testaments; Translated Literally from the Original Tongues, and was published in 1876.

Julia Smith, of Glastonbury, Connecticut had a working knowledge of Latin, Greek and Hebrew. Her father had been a Congregationalist minister before he became a lawyer. Having read the Bible in its original languages, she set about creating her own translation, which she completed in 1855, after a number of drafts. The work is a strictly literal rendering, always translating a Greek or Hebrew word with the same word wherever possible. Smith accomplished this work on her own in the span of eight years (1847 to 1855). She had sought out no help in the venture, even writing, "I do not see that anybody can know more about it than I do." Smith's insistence on complete literalness, plus an effort to translate each original word with the same English word, combined with an odd notion of Hebrew tenses (often translating the Hebrew imperfect tense with the English future) results in a translation that is mechanical and often nonsensical. However, such a translation if overly literal might be valuable to consult in checking the meaning of some individual verse. One notable feature of this translation was the prominent use of the Divine Name, Jehovah, throughout the Old Testament of this Bible version.

In 1876, at 84 years of age some 21 years after completing her work, she finally sought publication. The publication costs ($4,000) were personally funded by Julia and her sister Abby Smith. The 1,000 copies printed were offered for $2.50 each, but her household auction in 1884 sold about 50 remaining copies.

The translation fell into obscurity as it was for the most part too literal and lacked any flow. For example, Jer. 22:23 was given as follows: "Thou dwelling in Lebanon, building as nest in the cedars, how being compassionated in pangs coming to thee the pain as in her bringing forth." However, the translation was the only Contemporary English translation out of the original languages available to English readers until the publication of The British Revised Version in 1881-1894.(The New testament was published in 1881, the Old in 1884, and the Apocrypha in 1894.) This makes it an invaluable Bible for its period.