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Julia E. Smith Translation 1876

 

   

17:1And after six days Jesus takes Peter, James, and John his brother, and brings them up into a high mountain apart.
17:2And he was transformed before them: and his face shone as the sun, and his garments were white as the light.
17:3And, behold, Moses and Elias were seen to them, conversing with him.
17:4And Peter, having answered, said to Jesus, Lord, it is good for us to be here: let us make here three tents; one for thee, and one for Moses, and one for Elias.
17:5He yet speaking, behold, a shining cloud overshadowed them: and behold a voice out of the cloud, saying, This is my dearly beloved Son, in whom I was contented; hear ye him.
17:6And the disciples, having heard, fell upon their face, and were greatly afraid.
17:7And Jesus, having come, touched them, and said, Be raised, and be not afraid.
17:8And having lifted up their eyes, they saw no one but Jesus alone.
17:9And they, coming down from the mountain, Jesus charged them, saying, Tell the sight to none, even till the Son of man rises from the dead.
17:10And his disciples asked him, saying, Why then say the scribes that Elias must first come?
17:11And Jesus having answered, said to them, Elias truly comes first and will re-establish all things.
17:12And I say to you, That Elias has already come, and they knew him not, but did by him whatever they would. So also the Son of man is about to suffer by them.
17:13Then understood the disciples that he told them of John the Baptist.
17:14And they having come to the crowd, there came to him a man, supplicating on his knees to him, and saying,
17:15Lord, pity my son: for he is a lunatic, and suffers badly: for many times he falls into the fire, and many times into the water.
17:16And I brought him to thy disciples, and they could not cure him.
17:17And Jesus, having answered, said, O faithless and perverted generation, how long shall I be with you how long shall I endure you? bring him here to me.
17:18And Jesus censured him; and the demon went forth out of him: and the child was cured from that hour.
17:19Then the disciples having come to Jesus apart, said, Why could not we cast it out?
17:20And Jesus said to them, For your unbelief: for truly I say to you, If ye have faith as a kernel of mustard, ye shall say to this mount, Go away from thence, and it shall go away; and nothing shall be impossible to you.
17:21But this kind goes not forth but by prayer and fasting.
17:22And they having returned into Galilee, Jesus said to them, The Son of man is about to be delivered into the hands of men:
17:23And they shall kill him, and the third day he shall be raised. And they were greatly grieved.
17:24And they having come to Capernaum, they taking double drachmas came to Peter and said, Does not your teacher pay double drachmas?
17:25He says, Yes. And when he came into the house, Jesus anticipated him, saying, What seems to thee, Simon? from whom do the kings of the earth take taxes or census? from their sons, or from strangers?
17:26Peter says to him, From strangers. Jesus said to him, Then are the children free.
17:27But that we should not scandalize them, having gone to the sea, cast a fish hook, and lift up the fish coming up first, and having opened its mouth, thou shalt find a gold coin: having taken that, give to them for me and thee.
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.