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Julia E. Smith Translation 1876

 

   

14:1In that time Herod the tetrarch heard the report of Jesus,
14:2And he said to his servants, This is John the Baptist; be was aroused from the dead; and for this, powers are energetic in him.
14:3For Herod, having seized John, bound him, and put him in prison for Herodias, his brother Philip's wife:
14:4For John said to him, It is not lawful for thee to have her:
14:5And wishing to kill him, he was afraid of the crowd, because they held John as a prophet.
14:6The festivities of Herod's birthday being celebrated, the daughter of Herodias danced in the midst, and pleased Herod.
14:7Wherefore, with an oath, he agreed to give her whatever she should ask.
14:8And having been urged on by her mother, Give me, she says, here upon a board, the head of John the Baptist.
14:9And the king was grieved: but for his oath, and those reclining together at the table, he ordered to be given.
14:10And having sent, he beheaded John in the prison.
14:11And his head was brought upon a board, and given to the girl, and she brought to her mother.
14:12And his disciples having come near, took away the body, and interred it; and having come, they announced to Jesus.
14:13And Jesus having heard, withdrew from thence into a desert place apart: and the crowds, having heard, followed him on foot from the cities.
14:14And Jesus having come, saw a great crowd: and he felt compassion for them, and he cured their sick.
14:15And being evening, his disciples came to him, saying, It is a desert place, and the time has passed already; loose the crowds, that, having gone into towns, they might purchase food for themselves.
14:16But Jesus said to them, They have no need to depart; give ye them to eat.
14:17And they say to him, We have not here but five loaves, and two fishes.
14:18And he said, Bring them here to me.
14:19And having encouraged the crowds to recline upon the grass, and having taken the five loaves, and two fishes, and having looked up to heaven, he praised; and having broken, gave the loaves to the disciples, and the disciples to the crowds.
14:20And they all ate, and were satisfied; and they took up the remaining of fragments, twelve baskets full.
14:21And they eating were five thousand men, besides women and children.
14:22And quickly Jesus constrained his disciples to go into the ship, and to go before him to the other side, till he should loose the crowds.
14:23And having loosed the crowds, he went up into a mount apart to pray: and being evening, he was there alone.
14:24And the ship was already in the midst of the sea, overcharged by waves: for the wind was contrary.
14:25And in the fourth watch of the night Jesus went out to them, walking upon the sea.
14:26And the disciples seeing him walking upon the sea, were troubled, saying, It is an apparition; and they cried out for fear.
14:27And quickly Jesus spake to them, saying, Take courage; I am; be not afraid.
14:28And Peter having answered him, said, Lord, if thou art, encourage me to come upon the waters.
14:29And he said, Come. And Peter having gone down from the ship, walked upon the waters, to go to Jesus.
14:30And seeing the wind strong, he was afraid: and beginning to sink, he cried out, Lord, save me.
14:31And quickly Jesus, having stretched out the hand, laid hold of him, and says to him, O thou of little faith, for what didst thou doubt?
14:32And having gone into the ship, the wind ceased.
14:33And they in the ship, having come, worshipped him, saying, Thou art truly the Son of God.
14:34And having passed over, they came to the land of Gennesaret.
14:35And the men of the place, having known him, sent into the whole country round about, and brought to him all those having evils:
14:36And besought him that they might only touch the hem of his garment: and as many as touched were saved from danger.
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.