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Julia E. Smith Translation 1876



40:1And Jehovah will speak to Moses, saying,
40:2In the day of the first month, in the one of the month, thou shalt raise up the dwelling of the tent of the appointment
40:3And put there the ark of the testimony, and cover over the ark with the vail.
40:4And bring in the table and arrange its arrangement; and bring in the chandelier and raise up its lamps.
40:5And set the altar of gold for incense before the ark of the testimony, and put the covering of the door to the dwelling.
40:6And set the altar of the burnt-offering before the door of the dwelling of the tent of appointment
40:7And set the wash-basin between the tent of appointment and between the altar, and set water there.
40:8And put the enclosure round about, and give the covering of the gate of the enclosure.
40:9And take the oil of anointing, and anoint the dwelling and all that is in it, and consecrate it, and all its vessels: and it was holy.
40:10And anoint the altar of burnt-offering and all its vessels, and consecrate the altar: and the altar was the holy of holies.
40:11And anoint the wash-basin and its foot, and consecrate it
40:12And bring near Aaron and his sons to the door of the tent of appointment and wash them in water.
40:13And put upon Aaron the garments of the holy place, and anoint him and consecrate him; and he was priest to me.
40:14And his sons thou shalt bring near, and put tunics upon them.
40:15And anoint them as thou didst anoint their father, and they were priests to me; and it was to be to them an anointing for the priesthood forever for their generations.
40:16And Moses will do according to all which Jehovah commanded him; so did he.
40:17And it will be in the first month, in the second year, in the one of the month, the dwelling was raised up.
40:18And Moses will raise up the dwelling and will set its bases, and will put up its boards, and will give its bars, and will raise up its pillars.
40:19And he will spread out the tent upon the dwelling, and will put the covering of the tent upon it from above; as Jehovah commanded Moses.
40:20And he will take and give the testimony to the ark, and will put the poles upon the ark and will give the cover upon the ark from above.
40:21And he will bring the ark to the dwelling and will put up the vail of the covering, and he will cover over the ark of the testimony; as Jehovah commanded Moses.
40:22And he will give the table in the tent of appointment, upon the thigh of the dwelling northward from without the vail.
40:23And he will set in order upon it the arrangement for the bread before Jehovah; as Jehovah commanded Moses.
40:24And he put the chandelier in the tent of appointment, opposite the table, upon the thigh of the dwelling southward.
40:25And he will raise up the lamps before Jehovah, as Jehovah commanded Moses.
40:26And he will put the altar of gold in the tent of appointment, before the vail.
40:27And he will burn upon it incense of aromatics; as Jehovah commanded Moses.
40:28And he will put up the covering of the door of the dwelling.
40:29And the altar of burnt-offering he put at the door of the dwelling of the tent of appointment, and he will bring up upon it the burnt-offering and the gift; as Jehovah commanded Moses.
40:30And he will put up the washbasin between the tent of appointment and between the altar, and he will give there water to wash.
40:31And Moses and Aaron and his sons washed from it their hands and their feet:
40:32In their going into the tent of appointment, and in their drawing near to the altar, they will wash; as Jehovah commanded Moses.
40:33And he will raise up the enclosure round about to the dwelling and to the altar, and he will give the covering of the gate of the enclosure: and Moses will finish the work.
40:34And a cloud will cover the tent of appointment, and the glory of Jehovah filled the dwelling.
40:35And Moses was not able to come in to the tent of appointment, for the cloud settled down upon it, and the glory of Jehovah filled the dwelling.
40:36And in the going up of the cloud from above the dwelling, the sons of Israel removed in all their departures.
40:37And if the cloud shall not go up, they will not remove till the day it went up.
40:38For the cloud of Jehovah was upon the dwelling the day, and fire was upon it the night, in the eyes of all the house of Israel in all their departures
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.