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Julia E. Smith Translation 1876



13:1And Jehovah will speak to Moses, saying,
13:2Send for thyself men, and they shall search out the land of Canaan, which I give to the sons of Israel: one man, one man for the tribe of his fathers shall ye send, all chiefs among them.
13:3And Moses will send them from the desert of Paran, at the mouth of Jehovah; all of them chiefs, the heads of the sons of IsraeL
13:4And these their names: for the tribe of Reuben: Shammua, son of Zaccur.
13:5For the tribe of Simeon: Shaphat, son of Hori
13:6For the tribe of Judah: Caleb, son of Jephunneh.
13:7For the tribe of Issachar: Igal, son of Joseph.
13:8For the tribe of Ephraim: Oshea, son of Nun.
13:9For the tribe of Benjamin: Palti, son of Raphu.
13:10For the tribe of Zebulon: Gaddiel, son of Sodi.
13:11For the tribe of Joseph, for the tribe of Manasseh: Gaddi, son of Susi
13:12For the tribe of Dan: Ammiel, son of Gemalli
13:13For the tribe of Asher: Sethur, son of Michael.
13:14For the tribe of Naphtali: Nahbi, son of Vophsi.
13:15For the tribe of Gad: Geuel, son of Machi.
13:16These the names of the men which Moses sent to search out the land. And Moses will call Oshea, son of Nun, Joshua
13:17And Moses will send them to search out the land of Canaan, and will say to them, Go ye up hither to the south and ascend the mountain,
13:18And see the land what it is, and the people dwelling upon it, whether it is strong or relaxed, whether it is few or many;
13:19And what the land that they dwell in it, whether it is good or evil; and what the cities that they shall dwell in them, whether in camps or in fortifications;
13:20And what the land, whether it is fat or lean, whether there is in it wood or not And be strong, and take from the fruit of the land. And the days, the days of the first-fruits of the grapes.
13:21And they will go up and will search out the land from the desert of Zin even to Rehob, to go to Hameth.
13:22And they will go up by the south and will come to Hebron; and these Ahiman, Sheshai, and Talmai, children of Anak: and Hebron was built seven years before Zoan in Egypt
13:23And they will go up to the valley of Esheol, and will cut off from there a branch and one cluster of grapes, and they will lift upon a rod upon two; and from the pomegranates, and from the figs.
13:24And he called that place the valley of Eshool, on account of the cluster of grapes which the sons of Israel cut off from there.
13:25And they will turn back from searching out the land at the end of forty days.
13:26And they will go, and come to Moses and to Aaron, and to all the assembly of the sons of Israel to the desert of Paran to Kadesh, and will give them back word, and all the assembly, and they will shew them the fruit of the land.
13:27And they will recount to him, and will say, We came to the land where thou sentest us, and also it flowed with milk and honey; and this its fruit
13:28Only that the people are strong dwelling upon the land, and the cities fortified, and very great: and also we saw the children of Anak there.
13:29Amalek will dwell in the land of the south; and the Hittites and the Jebusites, and the Amorites, will dwell in the mountain; and the Canaanites will dwell by the sea, and by the hand of Jordan.
13:30And Caleb will silence the people to Moses, and will say, Going up, we will go up and inherit it; for being able we shall overcome it
13:31And the men who went with him said, We shall not be able to go up against the people, for they are strong above us.
13:32And they will bring forth slander of the land which they searched it out to the sons of Israel, saying, The land which we passed through upon it, to search it out, is a land consuming those dwelling upon it: and all the people which we saw in the midst of it, men being long.
13:33And there we saw the giants, sons of Anak, from the giants: and we were in our eyes as the locusts, and so were we in their eyes.
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.