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Julia E. Smith Translation 1876



21:1And having looked np, he saw the rich casting their gifts into the royal treasury.
21:2And he also saw a certain poor widow casting there two small coins.
21:3And he said, Truly I say to you, that this poor widow has cast in more than all:
21:4For all they, of that abounding to them, have cast in to the gifts of God: and she from her want cast in all the living which she had.
21:5And certain speaking of the temple, that it has been arranged with beautiful stones and decorations, he said,
21:6These which ye see, the days shall come, in which stone shall not be left upon stone, which shall not be loosened
21:7And they asked him, saying, Teacher, when therefore shall these be and what the sign when these should be about to be
21:8And he said, See ye, be not deceived: for many shall come in my name,. saying, That I am; and the time has drawn near: therefore go not after them.
21:9And when ye hear of wars and tumults, be not terrified: for these must first be; but the end not immediately.
21:10Then said he to them, Nation shall be raised up against nation, and kingdom against kingdom:
21:11And great earthquakes in places, and famines, and scourges shall be; and terrific objects and great signs shall be from heaven.
21:12And before all these shall they cast their hands upon you, and drive out, delivering to assemblies, and prisons, being brought before kings and leaders for my name's sake.
21:13And it shall turn out to you for a testimony.
21:14Set therefore in your hearts, not to practise beforehand to justify yourselves:
21:15For I will give you a mouth and wisdom, which all they opposed to you shall not be able to contradict nor withstand.
21:16And ye shall also be delivered up by parents, and brethren, and kinsmen, and friends; and they shall put of you to death.
21:17And ye shall be hated by all for my name's sake.
21:18And there shall not a hair of your head perish.
21:19In your patience possess ye your souls.
21:20And when ye see Jerusalem surrounded by armies, then know that its devastation has drawn near.
21:21Then let those in Judea flee to the mountain; and those in the midst of her withdraw; and let those in the countries not go into her.
21:22For these are the days of vengeance, that all things having been written, should be completed.
21:23And woe to them having in the womb, and to them giving suck, in those days! for there shall be great necessity upon the land, and anger upon this people.
21:24And they shall fall by the mouth of the sword, and they shall be made captives in all nations: and Jerusalem shall be trodden down by all the nations, till the times of the nations should be completed.
21:25And signs shall be in the sun, and moon, and stars; and upon earth distress of nations, with perplexity; the sea and commotion resounding.
21:26Men losing breath for fear and expectation of things coming on the habitable globe: for the powers of the heavens shall be shaken.
21:27And then shall they see the Son of man coming in a cloud with much power and glory.
21:28And these things beginning to be, get out of danger, and lift up your heads; for your redemption draws near.
21:29And he spake to them a parable; See the fig tree, and all trees;
21:30When they should already throw forth, seeing of yourselves ye know that summer is already near.
21:31So also ye, when ye see these being, know that the kingdom of God is near.
21:32Truly I say to you, That this generation should not pass away, even till all things should be.
21:33Heaven and earth shall pass away: and my words shall not pass away.
21:34And attend to yourselves, lest at any time your hearts be loaded with dizziness, caused by excess, and drunkenness, and cares of life, and that day come upon you unexpectedly.
21:35For as a snare shall it come upon all remaining upon the face of all, the earth.
21:36Watch therefore, in all time praying, that ye be deemed worthy to escape all these about to be, and to stand before the Son of man.
21:37And the days he was teaching in the temple; and the nights, coming out, he lodged in the mount called of Olives.
21:38And all the people arose early in the morning to him in the temple, to hear him.
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.