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Julia E. Smith Translation 1876



15:1And certain having come down from Judea taught the brethren, That except ye be circumcised by Moses custom, ye cannot be saved.
15:2Therefore dissension and no small discussion having been to Paul and Barnabas with them, they arranged for Paul and Barnabas to go up, and certain others of them, to the sent and elders in Jerusalem about this question.
15:3Truly therefore the sent by the church passed through Phenice and Samaria, relating the turning back of the nations: and they made great joy to all the brethren.
15:4And having arrived at Jerusalem they were received by the church, and the sent and elders, and they announced what God did with them.
15:5And certain of them from the sect of the Pharisees having believed, rose up, saying, That they must be circumcised, and to enjoin to keep the law of Moses.
15:6And the sent and elders were gathered together to see about this word.
15:7And much discussion having been, Peter having risen up, said to them, Men, brethren, ye know that from ancient days God chose among us, through my month for the nations to hear the word of good news, and believe.
15:8And God the knower of hearts testified to them, having given them the Holy Spirit, as also us;
15:9And separated nothing between us and also them, by faith having purified their hearts.
15:10Now therefore why tempt ye God, to put a yoke upon the neck of the disciples, which neither our fathers nor we were able to bear?
15:11But by grace of our Lord Jesus Christ we believe to be saved, as also they.
15:12And all the multitude were silent, and heard Barnabas and Paul, recounting what signs and wonders God did in the nations through them.
15:13And after they were silent, James answered, saying, Men, brethren, hear me:
15:14Simeon related how God first reviewed to take from the nations a people for his name.
15:15And with this the words of the prophets agree: as has been written,
15:16After these will I return, and rebuild the tent of David, having fallen; and its things undermined will I rebuild, and set it upright:
15:17So that they remaining of men might seek out the Lord, and all the nations upon whom my name has been called upon them, says the Lord, making all these.
15:18Known to God are all his works from eternity.
15:19Wherefore I judge, not to molest them, from the nations turning back to God:
15:20But to send to them, to keep off from pollutions of images, and harlotry, and strangulation, and blood.
15:21For Moses of ancient generations has them proclaiming him in every city, being read in the synagogues in every sabbath.
15:22Then it seemed fitting to the sent and the elders, with the whole church, to send chosen men of them to Antioch with Paul and Barnabas; Judas surnamed Barsabas, and Silas, leading men among the brethren:
15:23Having written by their hand thus; The sent and elders and brethren to the brethren in Antioch and Syria and Cilicia from the nations, health:
15:24Since we heard that certain of us having come out have troubled you with words, destroying your souls, saying, To be circumcised, and keep the law: to whom we sent no word:
15:25It seemed fitting to us, having been unanimous, to send to you chosen men with our dearly beloved Barnabas and Paul,
15:26Men having delivered up their souls for the name of our Lord Jesus Christ.
15:27Therefore have we sent Judas and Silas, and these by the word announcing these things.
15:28For it seemed fitting to the Holy Spirit, and to us, for no more burden to be put upon you but the necessities of these;
15:29To keep off from things sacrificed to idols, and from blood, and strangulation, and harlotry: from which keeping yourselves, ye shall do well. Fare ye well.
15:30Truly therefore having been loosed, they came to Antioch; and having gathered the multitude together, they gave up the epistle:
15:31And having read, they rejoiced for the encouraging
15:32And Judas and Silas, they also being prophets, through much speech consoled the brethren, and supported.
15:33And having made time, they were loosed with peace from the brethren to the sent.
15:34And it seemed fitting to Silas to wait for him.
15:35And Paul and Barnabas tarried in Antioch, teaching and announcing good news, with many others, the word of the Lord.
15:36And after certain days said Paul to Barnabas, Now having turned back, let us review our brethren in every city in which we announced the word of the Lord, how they hold.
15:37And Barnabas purposed to take with them John, called Mark.
15:38But Paul deemed worthy, having withdrawn from them from Pamphylia, and not having come with them to the work, not to take him with them.
15:39Therefore there was an incitement, so that they separated from one another: and Barnabas, having taken Mark, sailed to Cyprus;
15:40And Paul, having chosen Silas, went forth, having been delivered to the grace of God by the brethren.
15:41And he passed through Syria and Cilicia, supporting the churches.
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.