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Julia E. Smith Translation 1876



12:1In that time Jesus went in the sabbaths through the standing corn and his disciples were hungry, and begen to pluck the ears, end eat.
12:2And the Pharisees, seeing, said to him, Behold, thy disciples do what is not lawful to do in the sabbath.
12:3And he said to them, Have ye not read what David did, when he was hungry, and they with him;
12:4How he went into the house of God, and ate the loaves of setting up, which was not lawful for him to eat, nor those with him, but for the priests alone?
12:5Or have ye not read in the law, that in the sabbaths, the priests in the temple profane the sabbath, and are innocent?
12:6But I say to you, That he here is greater than the temple.
12:7And if ye knew what it is, I will mercy, and not sacrifice, ye would not have condemned the innocent.
12:8For the Lord of the sabbath is also the Son of man.
12:9And having passed from thence, he went into their assembly;
12:10And, behold, there was a man having the hand withered. And they asked him saying, Is it lawful to cure in the sabbaths? that they might expose him.
12:11And he said to them, Which of you shall be the man who shall have one sheep, and if this should fall into a pit in the sabbaths, will he not take hold of it, and raise it up?
12:12How much then does a man surpass a sheep? So that it is lawful to do well in the sabbaths.
12:13Then says he to the man, Stretch out thy hand; and he stretched it out; and it was restored, sound as the other.
12:14And the Pharisees took counsel against him, having gone out, that they might kill him.
12:15And Jesus having known, withdrew from thence; and many crowds followed him, and he cured them all;
12:16And he rebuked them that they should not make him known:
12:17So that that spoken by the prophet Esaias might be completed, saying,
12:18Behold my servant, which I have chosen: my dearly beloved, in whom my soul was contented; I will put my spirit upon him, and he shall proclaim judgment to the nations.
12:19He shall not contend, nor cry; nor shall any hear his voice in the streets.
12:20He shall not break a bruised reed, and smoking flax shall he not quench, till he should draw forth judgment to victory.
12:21And in his name shall the nations hope.
12:22Then he possessed with a demon, blind, and dumb, was brought to him; and he cured him, so that the blind and dumb spake and saw also.
12:23And all the crowds were affected, and said, Is not this the son of David?
12:24But the Pharisees, having heard, said, He casts not out demons, but by Beelzebub, ruler of demons.
12:25And Jesus knowing their reflections, said to them, Every kingdom divided against itself is laid waste; and every city or house divided against itself shall not stand.
12:26And if Satan casts out Satan, he was divided against himself; how then shall his kingdom stand?
12:27And I by Beelzebub cast out demons, by whom do your sons cast out? for this shall they be your judges.
12:28But if I, by the Spirit of God, cast out demons, the kingdom of God has come before hand upon you.
12:29Or how can any one come into the house of the strong, and plunder his goods, except be first bind the strong? and then he will plunder his house.
12:30He not being with me is against me; and he not gathering with me; scatters.
12:31For this I say to you, All sin and blasphemy shall be let go to men; but the blasphemy of the Spirit shall not be let go to men.
12:32And whoever speaks a word against the Son of man, it shall be remitted to him; but whoever speaks against the Holy Spirit, it shall not be let go to him, neither in this time, nor that about to be.
12:33Either make the tree good, and its fruit good; or make the tree rotten, and its fruit rotten; for the tree is known by its fruit.
12:34O generation of vipers! how can ye speak good things, being evil? for out of the abundance of the heart the month speaks.
12:35The good man, out of the good treasure of the heart, casts forth good things: and the evil man, out of the evil treasure, casts forth evil things.
12:36And I say to you, That every idle word which men speak, they shill return word for it in the day of judgment.
12:37For by thy words shalt thou be justified, and by thy words shalt thou be condemned.
12:38Then certain of the scribes and Pharisees answered, saying, Teacher, we wish to see a sign from thee.
12:39And he having answered, said to them, An evil generation and an adulteress seeks a sign; and no sign shall be given it, but the sign of Jonas the prophet.
12:40For as Jonas was in the whale's belly three days and three nights; so shall the Son of man be in the heart of the earth three days and three nights.
12:41The Ninevite men shall rise up in judgment with this generation, and condemn it: for they repented at the proclamation of Jonas; and, behold, a greater than Jonas here.
12:42The queen of the South shall be raised up in judgment with this generation, and shall condemn it; for she came from the end of the earth to hear the wisdom of Solomon; and, behold, a greater than Solomon here.
12:43And when the unclean spirit has gone out from a man, he passes through sterile places, seeking rest, and finds not.
12:44Then says he, I will return into my house, whence I came out; and having come, he finds vacant; having been swept, and put in order.
12:45Then he goes, and takes with himself seven other spirits, worse than he, and having come in, they dwell there: and the last things of that man are worse than the first. So also shall it be to this evil generation.
12:46And he yet speaking to the crowds, behold, his mother and brethren stood without, seeking to speak to him.
12:47And a certain one said to him, Behold, thy mother, and thy brethren stand without, seeking to speak to thee.
12:48And he having answered, said to him speaking to him, Who is my mother? and who are my brethren?
12:49And having stretched forth his hand towards his disciples, he said, Behold my mother and my brethren!
12:50For whoever should do the will of my Father, him in the heavens, the same is my brother, and sister, and mother.
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.