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Julia E. Smith Translation 1876



9:1And Saul, yet breathing out threatening and murder against the disciples of the Lord, having come to the chief priest,
9:2He asked of him letters to Damascus, to the synagogues, so that if he find certain men being of the way, and also women, he might bring them bound to Jerusalem.
9:3And in going, it was he drawing near to Damascus: and suddenly a light from heaven flashed with lightning around him:
9:4And having fallen upon the earth, he heard a voice saying to him, Saul, Saul, Why drivest thou me out?
9:5And he said, Who art thou, Lord? And the Lord said, I am Jesus, whom thou drivest out: hard for thee to kick against goads.
9:6And he trembling and amazed said, Lord, What wilt thou me to do? And the Lord to him, Arise, and come into the city, and it shall be spoken to thee what thou must do.
9:7And the men journeying with him stood astonished, hearing the voice truly, and seeing no one.
9:8And Saul was raised up from the earth; and his eyes being opened, he saw no one: and leading him by the hand, they brought him to Damascus.
9:9And he was three days not seeing, and he ate not, nor drank.
9:10And a certain disciple was in Damascus, Ananias by name; and the Lord said to him in a vision, Ananias. And he said, Behold, I, Lord.
9:11And the Lord to him, Having risen, go thou to the street called Straight, and seek in the house of Judas Saul by name, of Tarsus; for, behold, he prays,
9:12And he saw in a vision a man, by name Ananias, coming in, and having put hand upon him, so that he might look up and see again.
9:13And Ananias answered, Lord, I have heard from many of this man, how many evils he did to thy holy ones in Jerusalem:
9:14And here has he authority from the chief priests to bind all those calling on thy name.
9:15And the Lord said to him, Go: for he is a vessel of choice to me, to lift up my name before nations, and kings, and the sons of Israel:
9:16For I will show him what he must suffer for my name.
9:17And Ananias departed, and came into the house; and having put hands upon him said, Brother Saul, the Lord has sent me, Jesus, he seen to thee in the way which thou earnest, so that thou mightest look up, and be filled with the Holy Spirit.
9:18And quickly there fell from his eyes as scales: and he immediately looked up, and having risen, he was immersed.
9:19And having taken food, he was strong. And Saul was in Damascus with the disciples certain days.
9:20And quickly in the synagogues he proclaimed Jesus, that he is the Son of God.
9:21And all they hearing were affected in mind, and said: Is not this he having laid waste in Jerusalem those calling upon this name, and he has come here for this, that he might bring them having been bound to the chief priests?
9:22And Saul was the more strengthened, and confounded the Jews dwelling in Damascus, demonstrating that this is the Christ.
9:23And when sufficient days were completed, the Jews counselled together to put him to death:
9:24But this project was known to Saul. And they observed narrowly the gates day, and also night, that they might kill him.
9:25And the disciples having taken him by night, put through the wall, having let down in a wicker basket.
9:26And Saul being present in Jerusalem, tried to join himself to the disciples: and they were all afraid of him, not believing that he is a disciple.
9:27And Barnabas having taken him, brought him to the sent, and recounted to them how in the way he saw the Lord, and that he spake to him, and how in Damascus he spake freely in the name of Jesus.
9:28And he was with them going in and going out in Jerusalem, and speaking freely in the name of the Lord Jesus.
9:29And he spake and sought out with the Greeks; but they purposed to kill him.
9:30And the brethren having known, brought him down to Cesarea, and they sent him forth to Tarsus.
9:31Then truly the churches through the Whole of Judea and Galilee and Samaria, had peace, being built up; and going in the fear of the Lord, and in the consolation of the Holy Spirit, were multiplied.
9:32And it was Peter, passing through all, came down also to the holy ones dwelling in Lydda.
9:33And he found there a certain man, Eneas by name, lying upon a bed of eight years, who was affected with palsy.
9:34And Peter said to him, Eneas, Jesus Christ heals thee; arise, and cover thyself. And he arose quickly.
9:35And all dwelling in Lydda and Saron saw him, who turned back to the Lord.
9:36And in Joppa was a certain disciple by name Tabitha, which interpreted is called Dorcas: she was full of good works and alms which she did.
9:37And it was in those days, having been sick, she died; and having washed, they laid her in an upper room.
9:38And Lydda being near Joppa, the disciples having heard that Peter is in it, sent to him two men, beseeching not to hesitate to pass through even to them.
9:39And Peter having risen came with them. Whom having approached, they brought into the upper room: and all the widows stood before him weeping, and showing the coats and garments which Dorcas made, being with them.
9:40And Peter having put them all without, having set the knees, prayed; and having turned back to the body he said, Tabitha, arise. And she opened her eyes: and having seen Peter, sat up.
9:41And having given her the hand, he raised her up, and having called the holy ones and the widows, he placed her living before them.
9:42And it was known through the whole of Joppa: and many believed upon the Lord.
9:43And days sufficient he remained in Joppa with a certain Simon, a currier.
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.