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Julia E. Smith Translation 1876



12:1Then Jesus, six days before the pascha, came to Bethany, where was Lazarus the dead, whom he raised from the dead.
12:2Then made they him a supper there, and Martha served; and Lazarus was one of them reclining at table with him.
12:3Then Mary having taken a pound of perfumed oil of spikenard, very precious, anointed the feet of Jesus, and wiped his feet with her hairs: and the house was filled with the smell of the perfumed oil.
12:4Then says one of his disciples, Judas Iscariot, of Simon, being about to deliver him up,
12:5Wherefore was not this perfumed oil sold for three hundred drachmas, and given to the poor?
12:6And this he said, not that care was to him for the poor: but because he was a thief, and had the small coffer, and carried things deposited.
12:7Then said Jesus, Let her go; for the day of my interment has she kept this.
12:8For the poor have ye always with you;and me ye have not always.
12:9Then a great crowd of Jews knew that he is there: and they came not for Jesus alone, but that also they might see Lazarus, whom he had raised from the dead.
12:10And the chief priests took counsel that they might also kill Lazarus;
12:11Because many for him retired, and believed in Jesus.
12:12The morrow a great crowd, having come to the festival, having heard that Jesus comes to Jerusalem,
12:13Took branches of palm trees, and went forth to the meeting to him, and cried, Praised he coming in the name of the Lord, King of Israel.
12:14And Jesus having found a small ass, sat upon it; as it is written,
12:15Fear not, O daughter of Sion: behold, thy King comes, sitting upon the foal of an ass.
12:16And these the disciples knew not at first: but when Jesus was honoured, then remembered they that these were written of him, and they did these things to him.
12:17The crowd therefore testified which being with him, that he called Lazarus out of the tomb, and raised him from the dead.
12:18And for this the crowd met him, for they heard he had done this sign.
12:19Then said the Pharisees among themselves, Ye see that ye aid nothing; behold, the world has departed after him.
12:20And there were certain Greeks of those going up that they might worship in the festival:
12:21These then came to Philip, him of Bethsaida of Galilee, and asked him, saying, Lord, we wish to see Jesus.
12:22Philip comes and says to Andrew: and again Andrew and Philip say to Jesus.
12:23And Jesus answered them, saying, The hour has come, that the Son of man should be honoured.
12:24Truly, truly, I say to you, except a kernel of wheat, having fallen into the earth, should die, it remains alone: and if it should die, it brings forth much fruit.
12:25He loving his soul shall lose it; but he hating his soul in this world, shall guard it for life eternal.
12:26If any one would serve me, let him follow me; and where I am, there also shall be my servant: and if any one serve me, him will the Father honour.
12:27Now has my soul been troubled; and what should I say? O Father, save me from this hour: but for this came I to this hour.
12:28Father, honour thy name. Then came a voice from heaven, I have also honoured, and will again honour.
12:29Then the crowd, having stood and heard, said it was thunder: others said, A messenger has spoken to him.
12:30Jesus answered and said, This voice has not been for me, but for you.
12:31Now is the judgment of this world: now shall the ruler of this world be cast out.
12:32And I, if I be lifted up from the earth, will draw all to myself.
12:33This said he, signifying what death he was about to die.
12:34The crowd answered him, We have heard out of the law that Christ remains forever: and how sayest thou That the Son of man must be lifted up? who is this Son of man?
12:35Then said Jesus to them, Yet a little time the light is with you. Walk while ye have light, lest darkness overtake you: and he walking in darkness knows not where he retires.
12:36While ye have light, believe in the light, that ye might be the sons of light. These things spake Jesus, and having departed, he was hid from them.
12:37And he having done so many signs before them, they did not believe in him:
12:38That the word of Esaias the prophet might be completed, which he spake, Lord, who believed our report? and to whom was the arm of the Lord revealed?
12:39Therefore they could not believe, for Esaias said again,
12:40He has blinded their eyes, and hardened their heart: lest they see with the eyes, and understand with the heart, and should turn back, and I should heal them.
12:41These said Esaias, when he saw his glory, and spake of him.
12:42Yet nevertheless also many of the rulers believed in him; but on account of the Pharisees they did not acknowledge, lest they should be excluded from the synagogue:
12:43For they loved the honour of men more than the honour of God.
12:44Jesus cried and said, He believing in me, believes not in me, but in him having sent me.
12:45And he seeing me, sees him having sent me.
12:46I have come a light into the world, that every one believing in me should not remain in darkness.
12:47And if any hear my words, and believe not, I judge him not: for I came not that I might judge the world, but that I might save the world.
12:48He rejecting me, and not receiving my words, has him judging him: the word which I spake, that shall judge him in the last day.
12:49For I spake not of myself; but the Father having sent me, he gave me a command, what I should say, and what I should speak.
12:50And I know that his command is life eternal: therefore what I speak, as the Father said to me, so I speak.
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.