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Julia E. Smith Translation 1876



5:1After these was the festival of the Jews; and Jesus went up to Jerusalem.
5:2And there is in Jerusalem, at the sheep place a pool, in Hebrew called Bethesda, having five porches.
5:3In these lay a great multitude of weak, blind, lame, withered, expecting the moving of the water.
5:4For a messenger at a time went down into the pool, and troubled the water: then he having first stepped in after the troubling of the water became healthy, by whatever malady a long while since he was laid.
5:5And a certain man was there, being in weakness thirty-eight years.
5:6Jesus having seen the same lying down, and having known that it was already much time, says to him, Wilt thou be well?
5:7He being sick answered him, Lord, I have no man, that, when the water was troubled, he might cast me into the pool: and in which I am coming, another steps down before me.
5:8Jesus says to him, Arise, take up thy couch, and walk.
5:9And quickly the man was well, and he took up his couch, and walked: and the sabbath was in that day.
5:10Then said the Jews to him healed, It is the sabbath: it is not lawful for thee to take up thy couch.
5:11He answered them, He having made me well, the same said to me, Lift up thy couch, and walk.
5:12Then they asked him, Who is the man having said to thee, Lift up thy couch, and walk?
5:13And he healed knew not who he is: for Jesus escaped, a crowd being in the place.
5:14After these, Jesus finds him in the temple, and he said to him, Behold, thou hest become well: sin no more, lest something worse be to thee.
5:15The man departed, and announced to the Jews that it is Jesus having made him well.
5:16And therefore the Jews drove out Jesus, and sought to kill him, because he did these in the sabbath.
5:17And Jesus answered, My Father works till now, and I work.
5:18For this therefore the Jews sought the more to kill him, for not only did he loose the sabbath, but also he called God his own Father, making himself equal to God.
5:19Then answered Jesus and said to them, Truly, truly, I say to you, The Son can of himself do nothing, except what he sees the Father doing: for whatever he should do, also these does the Son likewise.
5:20For the Father loves the Son, and shows him all which himself does: and he will show him greater than these, that ye might wonder.
5:21For as the Father arouses the dead, and makes alive; so also the Son makes alive whom he will.
5:22For the Father judges no one, but he has given all judgment to the Son:
5:23That all should honour the Son, as they honour the Father. He honouring not the Son, honours not the Father having sent him.
5:24Truly, truly, I say to you, That he hearing my word, and believing him having sent me, has eternal life, and comes not into judgment; but has passed from death to life.
5:25Truly, truly, I say to you, That the hour comes, and now is, when the dead shall hear the voice of the Son of God: and they hearing shall live.
5:26For as the Father has life in himself, so also gave he to the Son to have life in himself;
5:27And gave him authority also to do judgment, because he is the Son of man.
5:28Wonder not at this: for the hour comes, in which all they in the tombs shall hear his voice, and shall go forth;
5:29They having done good, to rising up of life; and they having done bad, to rising up of judgment.
5:30I can do nothing of myself: as I hear, I judge: and my judgment is just; for I seek not my will, but the will of the Father having sent me.
5:31If I testify of myself, my testimony is not true.
5:32Another is testifying of me, and I know that the testimony which he testifies of me is true.
5:33Ye have sent to John, and he has testified to the truth.
5:34But I receive not testimony from man: but these I say that ye might be saved.
5:35He was a burning and manifest light: and ye wished to rejoice for a time in his light.
5:36And I have greater testimony than of John: for the works that the Father gave me that I might finish them, the same works that I do, testify of me, that the Father has sent me.
5:37And the Father having sent me, he has testified of me. Nor have ye at any time heard his voice, or seen his form.
5:38And his word ye have not remaining in you: for whom he sent, him ye believe not.
5:39Search the writings; for ye think in them to have eternal life: and these are they testifying of me.
5:40And ye wish not to come to me, that ye might have life.
5:41I receive not glory from man.
5:42But I know you, that ye have not the love of God in you.
5:43I have come in the name of my Father, and ye receive me not: if another should come in his own name, him will ye receive.
5:44How can ye believe, receiving glory from one another, and ye seek not the glory that from God alone?
5:45Think not that I shall accuse you to the Father: he accusing you is Moses, in whom ye have hoped.
5:46For if ye had believed Moses, ye had believed me: for he himself wrote of me.
5:47And if ye believe not his writings, how shall ye believe my words?
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.