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Julia E. Smith Translation 1876



14:1And all the assembly will lift up and give their voice; and the people will weep in that night
14:2And all the children of Israel will murmur against Moses, and against Aaron; and all the assembly will say to them, Would we died in the land of Egypt! or in this desert would that we died!
14:3And wherefore does Jehovah bring us to this land to fall by the sword? our wives and our little ones shall be for a prey. Would it not be good for us to turn back to Egypt?
14:4And they will say, a man to his brother, We will give a head, and turn back to Egypt
14:5And Moses will fall, and Aaron, upon their faces before all the gathering of the assembly of the sons of Israel.
14:6And Joshua, son of Nun, and Caleb, son of Jephunneh, from those searching out the land, tare their garments.
14:7And they will speak to all the assembly of the sons of Israel, saying, The land which we passed over upon it to search it out, a good land exceedingly, exceedingly,
14:8If Jehovah delight in us, and he brought us to this land, and he gave it to us; a land which it flowing with milk and honey.
14:9But against Jehovah ye shall not rebel, and ye shall not be afraid of the people of the land; for they our bread: for their shadow removed from them and Jehovah with us; ye shall not be afraid of them.
14:10And all the assembly will say to stone them with stones. And the glory of Jehovah was seen in the tent of appointment to all the sons of Israel.
14:11And Jehovah will say to Moses How long will this people reject me and how long will they not believe in me by all the signs which I did in the midst of them?
14:12I will strike them with death, and I will destroy them, and I will make thee into a great nation, and strong above them.
14:13And Moses will say to Jehovah, And the Egyptians heard, for thou didst bring up with thy strength this people from the midst of them;
14:14And they will say to those dwelling upon this land; they heard that thou Jehovah art in the midst of this people who wert seen eye to eye; thou Jehovah and thy cloud stood over them, and in a pillar of cloud thou goest before them by day, and in a pillar of fire by night.
14:15And didst thou kill this people as one man, and the nations spake who heard thy fame, saying,
14:16Because Jehovah will not be able to bring in this people to the land which he sware to them, he will slay them in the desert
14:17And now shall the strength of the Lord be great, as thou spakest, saying,
14:18Jehovah, slow to anger and of great kindness, lifting up iniquity and transgression and cleansing, will not cleanse; striking the iniquity of the fathers upon the sons, upon the third, and upon the fourth.
14:19Forgive now the sin of this people according to thy great kindness, and as thou didst lift up to this people, and even till now.
14:20And Jehovah will say, I pardoned according to thy word:
14:21But yet I live, and the glory of Jehovah shall fill all the earth.
14:22For all the men having seen my glory and my signs which I did in Egypt and in the desert, and they will try me this ten times, they heard not to my voice.
14:23If they shall see the land which I sware to their fathers, and all despising me shall not see it
14:24And my servant Caleb, because another spirit was with him, and he will follow after me, and I brought him into the land which he went there; and his seed shall inherit it.
14:25And the Amalekites and the Canaanites will dwell in the valley. Tomorrow turn ye; they shall remove for you into the desert the way of the sea of sedge.
14:26And Jehovah will speak to Moses and to Aaron, saying,
14:27How long for this evil assembly, that they are murmuring against me? the murmurings of the sons of Israel which they are murmuring against me, I heard.
14:28Say to them, I live, says Jehovah, if not as ye spake in mine ears, so will I do to you:
14:29In this desert shall your carcasses fall; and all of you being reviewed according to all your number, from the son of twenty years and above, who murmured against me.
14:30If ye shall come in to the land which I lifted up my hand for you to dwell in it, except Caleb, son of Jephunneh, and Joshua, son of Nun.
14:31And your little ones which ye said shall be for a prey, and I brought them in, and they shall know the land which ye rejected
14:32And you, your carcasses shall fall in this desert
14:33And your sons shall be fed in the desert forty years, and bear your fornications till your carcasses be finished in the desert
14:34According to the number of days which ye searched out the land, forty days, a day a year, a day for a year, shall ye your iniquities; forty years, and ye knew my withdrawal.
14:35I Jehovah spake, if not, I will do this to all this evil assembly setting up against me: in this desert shall they be finished, and there shall they die.
14:36And the men whom Moses sent to search out the land, and they will turn back and will murmur against him to all the assembly, to bring forth slander upon the land.
14:37And the men bringing forth evil slander of the land shall die by the blow before Jehovah.
14:38And Joshua, son of Nun, and Caleb, son of Jephunneh, lived, from those men going to search out the land.
14:39And Moses will speak these words to all the sons of Israel, and the people will mourn greatly.
14:40And they will rise early in the morning, and will go up to the head of the mountain, saying, Behold us, and we will go up to the place which Jehovah said: for we sinned.
14:41And Moses will say, Wherefore this you are passing by the mouth of Jehovah? And it shall not prosper.
14:42Ye shall not go up, for Jehovah is not in the midst of you; and shall ye not be struck before your enemies?
14:43For the Amalekites and the Canaanites are there before you, and ye fell by the sword: for ye turned back from after Jehovah, and Jehovah will not be with you.
14:44And they will act proudly to go up to the head of the mountain: mid the ark of the covenant of Jehovah and Moses departed not out of the midst of the camp.
14:45And Amalek came down, and the Canaanite, he dwelling in the mountain, and he will smite them, and will beat them, even to Hormah.
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.