Textus Receptus Bibles

Julia E. Smith Translation 1876



4:1And they speaking to the people, the priests, and commander of the temple, and the Sadducees, resisted them,
4:2Being exercised because they taught the people, and announced in Jesus the rising up from the dead.
4:3And they put hands upon them, and set in guard for the morrow: for it was already evening.
4:4And many of them having heard the word, believed; and the number of men was about five thousand.
4:5And it was on the morrow, their rulers, and elders, and scribes, were gathered together at Jerusalem,
4:6And Annas, chief priest, and Caiaphas, and John, and Alexander, and as many as were of the lineage of the chief priest.
4:7And having set them in the midst, they inquired, In what power, or in what name did ye do this?
4:8Then Peter, filled with the Holy Spirit, said to them, Rulers of the people, and elders of Israel,
4:9If we are this day examined of the kindness of the sick man, by whom he has been saved;
4:10Be it known to all you, and to all the people of Israel, that in the name of Jesus Christ the Nazarite, whom ye crucified, whom God raised from the dead, in this he stands before you whole.
4:11This is the stone set at nought by you building, he having been for the head of the corner.
4:12And salvation is in no other: for neither is another name given under heaven among men, in which we must be saved.
4:13And seeing the freedom of speech of Peter and John, and comprehending that they are illiterate men, and private individuals, they wondered; and they knew them, that they were with Jesus.
4:14And seeing the man healed standing with them, they had nothing to contradict.
4:15And having urged them to depart out of the council, they deliberated with one another,
4:16Saying, What shall we do to these men? for that truly a known sign has been by them, manifest to all them dwelling in Jerusalem: and we cannot deny.
4:17But that it be not more and more exposed to the wind among the people, let us threaten them with a threat, to speak no more in this name to any man.
4:18And having called them, they enjoined them universally not to utter neither to teach in the name of Jesus.
4:19And Peter and John having answered to them, said, If it is just before God to hear you rather than God, judge ye.
4:20For we cannot, the things we have seen and heard, not speak.
4:21And they having made additional threats, loosed them, finding nothing how they might chastise them, for sake of the people: for all honoured God for that having been done.
4:22For the man was more than forty years, upon whom this sign of healing was done.
4:23And having been loosed, they came to their own, and announced to them what the chief priests and elders said.
4:24And they, having heard, lifted up the voice unanimously to God, and said, Sovereign, thou God having made heaven, and earth, and sea, and all things which in them:
4:25Having said by the mouth of David thy servant, That why were the nations insolent, and did the people practise vain things
4:26Kings of the earth stood up, and rulers were gathered together upon one and the same, against the Lord, and against his Christ.
4:27For against the truth were they gathered together against thy holy child Jesus, whom thou didst anoint, both Herod and Pontius Pilate, with the nations and peoples of Israel,
4:28To do what thy hands and thy counsel predestinated to be.
4:29And now, Lord, look upon their threats: and give to thy servants, with all freedom of speech to speak thy word,
4:30In thy stretching out thy hand for healing; and signs and wonders to be for the name of thine holy child Jesus.
4:31And they having prayed, the place was shaken in which they were gathered together; and they were all filled with the Holy Spirit, and spake the word of God with freedom of speech.
4:32And the heart and soul of the multitude of them believing were one: and not one said any of the things being to him to be his own; but all were common to them.
4:33And in great power the sent gave back testimony of the rising up of the Lord Jesus: and great grace was upon them all.
4:34For neither was any in want among them: for as many as were possessors of farms or houses, selling, brought the prices of things sold,
4:35And laid down at the feet of the sent: and it was distributed to each as any had need.
4:36And Joses, surnamed Barnabas by the sent, (which is interpreted, Son of consolation,) a Levite, a Cyprian by birth,
4:37A field being to him having sold, he brought the money and laid at the feet of the sent.
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.