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Julia E. Smith Translation 1876



9:1And having entered into a ship, he passed over and came into his own city.
9:2And, behold, they brought him a paralytic, laid upon a bed; and Jesus seeing their faith, said to the paralytic, Take courage, child thy sins are let go to thee.
9:3And behold, certain of the scribes said in themselves, This defames.
9:4And Jesus seeing their reflections, said, Why reflect ye within your hearts?
9:5For why is it easier to say, Sins are let go to thee; or say, Arise and walk?
9:6But that ye might know that the Son of man has power upon earth to let go sins, (then he says to the paralytic), Having risen, take up thy bed and retire to thy house.
9:7And having risen, he went away into his house.
9:8And the crowds, seeing, admired, and praised God, giving such power to men.
9:9And Jesus, passing away from thence, saw a man sitting by the custom-house, being called Matthew, and he says to him, Follow me; and having risen he followed him.
9:10And it was he sitting at table in the house, and behold, many tax collectors and sinful, having come, sat at table with Jesus and his disciples.
9:11And the Pharisees, seeing, said to his disciples, Wherefore does your teacher eat with tax collectors and the sinful?
9:12And Jesus having heard, said to them, They being strong have no need of a physician, but they having evils.
9:13And having gone, learn what is this, I wish mercy, and not sacrifice: for I came not to call the just, but the sinful to repentance.
9:14Then came to him the disciples of John; saying, Wherefore do we and the Pharisees fast much, and thy disciples fast not?
9:15And Jesus said to them, The sons of the nuptial chamber cannot mourn inasmuch as the bridegroom is with them; but the days shall come when the bridegroom shall be taken away from them, and then shall they fast.
9:16And no one puts on a cover of uncombed fragment upon an old garment, for its filling takes away from the garment, and the division is Worse.
9:17Neither do they cast new wine into old wineskins: but if otherwise, the wine-skins burst, and the wine is poured out, and the wine-skins are destroyed; but they cast new wine into new wine-skins, and they are both preserved.
9:18He speaking these things to them, behold, a ruler, having come, worshipped him, saying; That my daughter has just now died: but having come, put thy hand upon her, and she shall live.
9:19And Jesus having risen, followed him: also his disciples.
9:20And behold, a woman discharging blood twelve years, having come near behind, touched the hem of his garment:
9:21For she said in herself, If I should only touch the hem of his garment, I shall be saved.
9:22And Jesus having turned round, and seeing her, said, Take courage, daughter; thy faith has saved thee. And the woman was saved from that hour.
9:23And Jesus having come into the ruler's house, and seeing the flute players and the crowd making an uproar,
9:24He says to them, Give way; for the girl is not dead but sleeps; and they mocked him.
9:25But when the crowd was driven forth, having entered, he seized her hand, and the little girl was awakened.
9:26And this report went forth into that whole land.
9:27And Jesus passing from thence, two blind ones followed him, crying out and saying, Commiserate us, O son of David.
9:28And having come into the house, the blind came to him: and Jesus says to them, Believe ye that I can do this? They say to him, Yes, Lord.
9:29Then touched he their eyes, saying, According to your faith be it to you.
9:30And their eyes were opened; and Jesus threatened them, saying, See, let none know.
9:31But they, having gone out, divulged it in that, whole land.
9:32And they having gone, behold they brought to him a man dumb, possessed with an evil spirit.
9:33And the demon being cast out, the dumb, spake, and the crowd admired, saying, It was never so brought to light in Israel.
9:34But the Pharisees said, By the chief of demons he casts out demons.
9:35And Jesus went about all the cities and towns, teaching in their assemblies, and proclaiming the good news of the kingdom, and curing every disease and every weakness in the people.
9:36And having seen the crowds, he felt compassion for them, for they were relaxed and dispersed, as sheep not having a shepherd.
9:37Then he says to his disciples, Truly the harvest much, but the laborers few.
9:38Implore therefore the Lord of the harvest, so that he might draw forth laborers into his harvest.
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.