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Textus Receptus Bibles

Julia E. Smith Translation 1876

 

   

3:1And Peter and John went up together into the temple at the hour of prayer, the ninth.
3:2And a certain man, being lame from his mother's womb, was carried, whom they set in the day at the door of the temple called Beautiful, to ask alms from those going into the temple;
3:3Who having seen Peter and John about going into the temple asked to receive alms.
3:4And Peter, having looked intently upon him with John, said, Look upon us.
3:5And he fixed his attention upon them, expecting to receive something of them.
3:6And Peter said, Silver and gold are not to me; but what I have, this I give thee: In the name of Jesus Christ the Nazarite, arise and walk.
3:7And having taken him by the right hand, he raised: and immediately his feet and ankles were rendered firm.
3:8And springing forth he stood, and walked, and entered with them into the temple, walking, and springing, and praising God.
3:9And all the people saw him walking and praising God:
3:10And they knew him, that this was he sitting for alms at the Beautiful gate of the temple: and they were filled with wonder and amazement at that having happened to him.
3:11And the lame healed holding Peter and John, all the people ran to them in the porch called Solomon's, much amazed.
3:12And Peter, having seen, answered to the people, men, Israelites, why wonder ye at this? or why look ye intently at us, as by our own power or devotion having made him to walk?
3:13The God of Abraham, and Isaac, and Jacob, God of our fathers, has honoured his child Jesus; whom ye have delivered up, and denied him before the face of Pilate, he having judged to loose.
3:14And ye denied the Holy and Just, and demanded a man, a murderer, to be yielded to you.
3:15And ye killed the Author of life, whom God raised from the dead; of whom we are witnesses.
3:16And by faith of his name, this, whom ye see and know, his name made firm, and faith which by him, gave him this completeness before you all.
3:17And now, brethren, I know that ye did in ignorance, as also your rulers.
3:18But God, announced these things beforehand by the mouth of all his prophets, for Christ to suffer, he so completed.
3:19Therefore repent, and return, for your sins to be wiped out, so that times of refreshment might come from the face of the Lord;
3:20And he send Jesus Christ, before proclaimed to you,
3:21Whom heaven must truly receive till time of restoration of all which God spake by the mouth of all his holy prophets from forever.
3:22For Moses truly said to the fathers, That a prophet shall the Lord your God raise up to you from your brethren, like me; him shall ye hear according to all whatever he speak to you.
3:23And it shall be, whoever hears not that prophet, shall be destroyed from the people.
3:24And all the prophets from Samuel, and those in order, as many as spake, also announced beforehand these days.
3:25Ye are sons of the prophets, and of the covenant which God set with our fathers, saying to Abraham, And in thy seed shall all families of earth be praised.
3:26To you first God, having raised up his child Jesus, sent him praising you, in turning away each from your wickedness.
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.