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Julia E. Smith Translation 1876

 

   

19:1And it was when Jesus finished these words he removed from Galilee, and came from the bounds of Judea beyond Jordan;
19:2And many crowds followed him; and he cured them there.
19:3And the Pharisees came to him, tempting him, and saying to him, Is it lawful for a man to loose his wife for every cause
19:4And having answered, he said to them, Have ye not read, that he having made from the beginning, made them male and female,
19:5And said, For this shall a man leave father and mother, and be joined to his wife: and they two shall be one flesh?
19:6So that they are no more two, but one flesh. What therefore God has yoked together, let not man separate.
19:7They say to him, Why then did Moses charge to give a writing of divorce, and loose her?
19:8He says to them that Moses for your hard heart permitted you to loose your wives: and from the beginning it was not so.
19:9And I say to you, That whoever should loose his wife, except for fornication, and marry another, commits adultery; and he having married the one loosed commits adultery.
19:10His disciples say to him, If the cause of a man is so with the woman, it is not profitable to marry.
19:11And he said to them, All have not room for this word, but to whom it is given.
19:12For there are eunuchs, who were born so from the mother's belly: and there are eunuchs, who were made eunuchs by men: and there are eunuchs, who have made themselves eunuchs for the kingdom of the heavens. He being able to receive, let him receive.
19:13Then young children were brought to him, that he might put hands upon them and pray: and the disciples censured them.
19:14But Jesus said, Let go the young children, and hinder them not, to come to me: for of such is the kingdom of the heavens.
19:15And having put hands upon them, he went out from thence.
19:16And, behold, one having come said to him, Good teacher, what good shall I do, that I might have eternal life?
19:17And he said to him, Why sayest thou me good? None is good except one, God; but if thou wouldst come into life, keep the commands.
19:18He says to him, Which? And Jesus said, thus: Thou shalt not murder; Thou shalt not commit adultery; Thou shalt not steal; Thou shalt not bear false witness;
19:19Honour thy father and mother; and, Thou shalt love thy neighbor as thyself.
19:20The young man says to him, All these have I watched from my youth; what yet do I want?
19:21Jesus said to him, If thou wished to be perfected, retire, sell thy possessions, and give to the poor, and thou shalt have treasure in heaven: and come, follow me.
19:22And the young man having heard the word, departed, being grieved: for he was holding many possessions.
19:23And Jesus said to his disciples, Truly I say to you, That with difficulty shall a rich one come into the kingdom of the heavens.
19:24And again I say to you, It is of easier labor for a camel to pass through the hole of a needle, than for a rich one to come into the kingdom of God.
19:25And his disciples were greatly struck with amazement, saying, Who then can be saved?
19:26And Jesus having looked up said to them, With men this is impossible, but with God all things are possible.
19:27Then Peter having answered, said to him, Behold, we have let go all things, and have followed thee; what therefore shall be to us?
19:28And Jesus said to them, Verily I say to you, That ye having followed me, in the regeneration when the Son of man should sit upon the throne of his glory, shall be seated ye also upon twelve thrones, judging the twelve tribes of Israel.
19:29And every one who lets go houses, or brethren, or sisters, or father, or mother, or wife, or children, or fields, for the sake of my name, shall receive a hundredfold, and shall inherit eternal life.
19:30And many first shall be last, and the last first.
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.