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Julia E. Smith Translation 1876



11:1And the apostles and brethren, those being in Judea, heard that the nations also received the word of God.
11:2And when Peter went up to Jerusalem, they of the circumcision discussed with him,
11:3Saying, That thou camest in to men having uncircumcision, and didst eat With them.
11:4And Peter having begun, set forth to them in order, saying,
11:5I was in the city Joppa, praying: and in a deep trance I saw a vision, A certain vessel descending as a great linen napkin, let down from heaven by four beginnings; and it came even to me:
11:6Upon which having looked intently, I observed, and saw quadrupeds of the earth, and wild beasts, and creeping things, and the flying things of heaven.
11:7And I heard a voice saying to me, Having risen, Peter, kill and eat.
11:8And I said, By no means, Lord: for anything common or unclean never came into my month.
11:9And a voice answered me of a second time from heaven, What God cleansed, profane not.
11:10And this was for thrice: and again all was drawn up into heaven.
11:11And, behold, from this three men stood at the house in which I was, sent from Cesarea to me.
11:12And the spirit said to me to come with them, discussing nothing. And these six brethren came also with me, and we came to the man's house:
11:13And he announced to us how he saw a messenger in his house, having stood and said to him, Send men to Joppa, and send for Simon, surnamed Peter
11:14Who shall speak words to thee, by which thou shalt be saved and all thy house.
11:15And in my beginning to speak, the Holy Spirit fell upon them, as also upon us in the beginning.
11:16And I remembered the word of the Lord, when he said, John truly immersed with water; but ye shall be immersed with the Holy Spirit.
11:17If therefore God gave the like gift to them as also to us, having believed in the Lord Jesus Christ; how was I able to hinder God
11:18And having heard these, they were silent, and honoured God, saying, For also God gave the nations repentance to life.
11:19Therefore truly those dispersed by the pressure having been on account of Stephen, passed through even to Phenice, and Cyprus, and Antioch, speaking the word to none except the Jews only.
11:20And certain of them were Cyprian and Cyrenian men, who having come to Antioch, spake to the Greeks announcing good news, the Lord Jesus.
11:21And the hand of the Lord was with them; and a great number having believed, turned to the Lord.
11:22And the word was heard in the ears of the church in Jerusalem concerning them: and they sent Barnabas to pass through even to Antioch.
11:23Who, having been present, and seen the grace of God, rejoiced, and besought them all, with purpose of heart, to remain to the Lord.
11:24For he was a good man, and full of the Holy Spirit and of faith: and a crowd sufficient were added to the Lord.
11:25And Barnabas came forth to Tarsus, to seek Saul
11:26And having found him, he brought him to Antioch. And it was for a whole year they were assembled together in the churches, and taught a sufficient crowd. And the disciples were Christians by divine intimation first in Antioch.
11:27In these days came down prophets from Jerusalem to Antioch.
11:28And one of them having risen, Agabus by name, signified by the Holy Spirit a great famine was about to be upon the whole habitable globe: which was during Claudius Caesar.
11:29And certain of the disciples, as he was able, determined, each of them, to send for service to the brethren dwelling in Judea:
11:30Which also they did, having sent to the elders by the hands of Barnabas and Saul.
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.