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Julia E. Smith Translation 1876



42:1And when Jacob shall see there is selling in Egypt, Jacob will say to his sons, For what will ye look?
42:2Behold I heard that there is selling in Egypt: go ye there, and buy grain for us from thence; and we shall live and shall not die.
42:3And Joseph's brethren, the ten, will go to buy grain from Egypt
42:4And Benjamin, Josephs brother, Jacob sent not with his brethren; for he said, Lest harm should meet him.
42:5And the sons of Israel will come to buy in the midst of those coming; for the famine was in the land of Canaan.
42:6And Joseph, he the ruler over the land, and he selling grain to all the people of the earth; and Joseph's brethren will come, and will worship before him the face to the earth.
42:7And Joseph will see his brethren, and will know them, and he will not let himself be known to them. And will speak with them hard things: and he will say to them, From whence came ye? And they will say, From the land of Canaan to buy food.
42:8And Joseph will know his brethren, and they knew him not
42:9And Joseph will remember the dreams which he dreamed concerning them, and he will say to them, Ye spying; to see the naked places of the land ye came.
42:10And they will say to him, Nay my lord, and thy servants came to buy food.
42:11We all one man's sons; we true; we thy servants were not spying.
42:12And he will say to them, Nay, to see the naked places of the land ye came.
42:13And they will say, Thy servants twelve brethren; we the sons of one man in the land of Canaan: and behold, the little one with our father this day, and one, not
42:14And Joseph will say to them, This which I spake to you, saying, Ye spying:
42:15In this ye shall be proved; Pharaoh living, if ye shall go forth from here except in the coming of your brother, the little one hither.
42:16Send one of you and he shall take your brother, and ye to be bound, and your words shall be proved, whether the truth with you; and if not, Pharaoh living, for ye are spying.
42:17And he will gather them to guard three days.
42:18And Joseph will say to them in the third day, This do ye, and live, I fearing God.
42:19If ye true, one of your brethren shall be bound in the house of your guard, and ye yourselves go carry the selling for the famine of your houses.
42:20And ye shall bring your little brother to me, and your words shall be believed, and ye shall not die. And they will do so.
42:21And they will say, a man to his brother, Truly we guilty concerning our brother, when we saw the straits of his soul in his entreating us, and we heard him not; for this, these straits are come to us.
42:22And Reuben will answer them, saying, Spake I not to you, saying, Ye shall not sin against the child; and ye heard not? and also behold his blood was required.
42:23And they will not know that Joseph heard them, for an interpreter between them.
42:24And he will turn about from them, and will weep; and he will turn back to them and speak to them, and he will take from them Simeon, and will bind him before their eyes.
42:25And Joseph will command, and they will fill their vessels with grain, and turn back their silver to a man, into his sack, and give to them provision for the way: and he will do thus to them.
42:26And they will lift up the grain upon their asses, and they will go from thence.
42:27And the one will open his sack to give food to his ass in the lodging place, and he will see his silver; for behold, it in the mouth of his sack.
42:28And he will say to his brethren, My silver restored; and also behold in my sack: and their heart will go forth and they will tremble, a man saying to his brother, What this God did to us?
42:29And they will come to Jacob their father, to the land of Canaan, and they will announce to him all having happened to them, saying,
42:30The man, the lord of the land, spake to us hard things, and he will give us for spying the land.
42:31And we shall say to him, We are true; we were not spying;
42:32We are twelve brethren, sons of our father: one is not, and the little one, he with our father in the land of Canaan.
42:33And the man, the lord of the land, will say to us, In this I shall know that ye are true; leave one of your brethren with me, and take for the famine of your houses and go.
42:34And bring your little brother to me, and I shall know that ye are not spying, but ye are true: I will give to you your brother and ye shall traffic in the land.
42:35And it will be in their emptying their sacks, and behold, the bundle of silver of each in his sack: and they will see the bundles of their silver, they and their father, and they will be afraid.
42:36And Jacob their father will say to them, Me ye bereaved of children: Joseph is not, and Simeon is not, and ye will take Benjamin: all these things were against me.
42:37And Reuben will speak to his father, saying, Kill my two sons, if I shall not bring him to thee: give him into my hand, and I will turn him back to thee.
42:38And he will say, My son shall not go down with you, for his brother died, and he alone was left: and harm meeting him in the way in which ye shall go, and ye bring down my old age with grief to hades.
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.