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Julia E. Smith Translation 1876

 

   

11:1And it was when Jesus finished ordering his twelve disciples, he went away from thence to teach and proclaim in all their cities.
11:2And John having heard in prison the works of Christ, having sent two of his disciples,
11:3He said to him, Art thou he coming, or should we look for another?
11:4And Jesus having answered said to them, Having gone, announce to John what ye hear and see:
11:5The blind receive sight, and the lame walk, the leprous are cleansed, and the deaf bear, the dead are roused, and the poor have good news announced.
11:6And happy is he who shall not give cause of offence in me.
11:7And these going forth, Jesus began to say to the crowds concerning John, What went ye forth into the desert to see? A reed shaken by the wind?
11:8But what went ye out to see? A man clad in soft garments? but they having soft things are in king's houses.
11:9But what went ye out to see? A prophet? yes, I say to you, and more eminent than a prophet.
11:10For this is he for whom it was Written, Behold, I send my messenger before thy face, who shall prepare thy way before thee.
11:11Verily I say to you, in the begotten of women has there not risen a greater than John the Immerser; but the less in the kingdom of the heavens is greater than he.
11:12From the days of John the Immerser till now the kingdom of the heavens is achieved by force, and they committing violence seize it eagerly.
11:13For all the prophets, And the law prophesied till John.
11:14And if ye will receive, this is Elias he about to come.
11:15He having ears to hear, let him hear.
11:16To what shall I liken this generation I it is like little boys sitting in market-places, and calling to their companions,
11:17And saying, We played the flute to you, and ye moved not; we lamented to you and ye lamented not.
11:18For John came neither eating nor drinking, and they say, He has an evil spirit.
11:19The Son of man came eating and drinking, and they say, Behold a man a glutton, and wine drinker, a friend of publicans and sinful; and wisdom has been justified from her children.
11:20Then began he to blame the cities in which were his greatest powers, because they repented not.
11:21Woe to thee, Chorazin! woe to thee, Bethsaida! for if in Tyre and Sidon had been the powers being in you, long since had they repented in sackcloth and ashes.
11:22But I say to you, To Tyre and Sidon shall it be more supportable in the day of judgment, than to you.
11:23And thou, Capernaum, lifted up even to heaven, thou shalt he brought down to hades: for if in the people of Sodom had been the powers being in thee, they had remained till this day.
11:24But I say to you, That to the land of Sodom it shall be more supportable in the day of judgment, than to you.
11:25In that time Jesus having answered, said, I acknowledge to thee, O Father, Lord of heaven and earth, for thou hast hidden these things from the wise and intelligent, and revealed them to children.
11:26Yes, Father: for so was it benevolence before thee.
11:27All things were delivered to me by my Father; and none knows the Son, except the Father; nor knows any one the Father, except the Son, and to whom the Son will reveal
11:28Come to me, all ye wearied and loaded, and I will cause you to rest.
11:29Lift up my yoke upon you, and learn from me; for I am meek and humble in heart; and ye shall find rest to your souls.
11:30For my yoke is useful, and my load is light.
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.