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Julia E. Smith Translation 1876



5:1And it was the crowd pressing close upon him to hear the word of God, and he was standing near the lake of Gennesaret,
5:2And he saw two ships standing near the lake: and the fishermen having gone out of them, washed the fishing-nets.
5:3And having gone into one of the ships, which was Simon's, he asked him to sail out a little from land. And having sat down, he taught the crowds out of the ship.
5:4And when he ceased speaking, he said to Simon, Sail out into the deep, and slacken your nets for fishing.
5:5And Simon having answered, said to him, Commander, wearied for the whole-night, we took nothing: but at thy word I will slacken the net.
5:6And having done this, they enclosed a great multitude of fishes, and their net broke through;
5:7And they nodded to partners, those in the other ship, that having come they should succor them. And they came and filled both ships, so that they were sinking.
5:8And Simon Peter fell upon his knees before Jesus, saying, Go out from me; for I am a sinful man, O Lord.
5:9For amazement held him, and all those with him, at the fishing of the fishes which they took:
5:10And likewise also James and John, Zebedee's sons, who were partners with Simon. And Jesus said to Simon, Fear not; from now thou shalt be capturing men.
5:11And having brought down the ship upon the land, having let go all things, they followed him.
5:12And it was in his being in one of the cities, and behold a man full of leprosy: and having seen Jesus, having fallen upon the face, supplicated him, saying, Lord, if thou wouldst, thou canst cleanse me.
5:13And having put forth the hand, he touched him, saying, I will: be thou cleansed. And the leprosy departed from him.
5:14And he enjoined him to tell none: but having departed, show thyself to the priest, and bring near for thy cleansing as Moses commanded, for a testimony to them.
5:15But the more the word passed through concerning him: and many crowds came together to hear, anti to be cured from their weaknesses.
5:16And he was retreating into the deserts, and praying.
5:17And it was in one of the days, and he was teaching, and the Pharisees and teachers of the law were sitting, who were come out of every town of Galilee, and Judea, and Jerusalem; and the power of the Lord was for healing them.
5:18And, behold, men bringing upon a bed a man who was affected with paralysis; and they sought to bring him, and set before him.
5:19And not finding how they might bring him in, for the crowd, having ascended upon the house, they put him down through the tiles, with the small couch, in the midst before Jesus.
5:20And having seen their faith, he said to him, Man, thy sins are remitted to thee.
5:21And the scribes and Pharisees began to reason with themselves, saying, Who is this who speaks blasphemies? Who can remit sins but God alone?
5:22And Jesus having known their reflections, having answered, said to them, What do ye reason with yourselves in your hearts?
5:23Which is easier, to say, Thy sins are remitted to thee; or to say, Arise and walk?
5:24And that ye might know that the Son of man has power upon earth to remit sins, (he said to him affected with paralysis,) I say to thee, Arise, and having taken up thy conch, go into thy house.
5:25And immediately having risen before them, having taken up on what he lay, he went away to his house, honouring God.
5:26And amazement took them all, and they honoured God, and were filled with fear, saying, That we have seen wonderful things to day.
5:27And after these, he went out, and saw a publican, by name Levi, sitting by the custom-house; and he said to him, Follow me.
5:28And having left all, having risen, he followed him.
5:29And Levi made a great entertainment for him in his house: and there was a great crowd of publicans and others who were sitting down with them.
5:30And the scribes and Pharisees murmured against his disciples, saying, Wherefore eat and drink ye with publicans and sinful?
5:31And Jesus, having answered, said to them, Those being in good health have no need of a physician; but they being ill
5:32I came not to call the just, but the sinful to repentance.
5:33And they said to him, Wherefore do the disciples of John fast frequently, and make prayers, and likewise they of the Pharisees; and they to thee eat and drink
5:34And he said to them, Ye cannot make the sons of the nuptial-chamber fast, when the bridegroom is with them.
5:35But the days will come also, when the bridegroom shall be carried away from them; then shall they fast in those days.
5:36And he also spake to them a parable; That none put a piece of new garment, upon an old garment; and if not so, the new also splits, and the piece from the new agrees not with the old.
5:37And none put new wine into old wineskins; and if not so, the new wine bursts the wine-skins, and it will be poured out, and the wine-skins will perish.
5:38But new wine cast into new wine-skins; and both are kept.
5:39And none drinking old, quickly desires new, for he says, The old is better.
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.