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Julia E. Smith Translation 1876



3:1What then the superiority of the Jew or what the advantage of circumcision?
3:2Much according to every manner: for truly first were they trusted with the oracles of God.
3:3For what if some disbelieved? their unbelief will not leave inactive the faith of God.
3:4It may not be: and let God be true, and every man a liar; as has been written, That thou mightest be justified in thy words, and mightest conquer in thy being judged.
3:5And if our injustice shall recommend the justice of God, what shall we say God not unjust bringing in anger? (I speak as man)
3:6It may not be: for how shall God judge the world
3:7For if the truth of God in my lying abounded to his glory; why yet am I judged as sinful?
3:8And not, (as we are defamed, and some have declared us to say,) That we should do evil things, that good things might come: whose judgment is just.
3:9What advantage therefore have we? Not in any way: for we before accused both Jews and Greeks, all to be under sin.
3:10As has been written, That there is no just one, not one:
3:11There is none understanding, there is none seeking God.
3:12All have bent aside, together have they become unprofitable: there is none doing good, there is not even one.
3:13Their throat an opened tomb; with their tongues have they used deceit; the poison of asps under their lips:
3:14Whose mouth is full of cursing and harshness:
3:15Their feet active to pour out blood:
3:16Bruising and grievous toil in their ways:
3:17And the way of peace they knew not:
3:18The fear of God is not before their eyes.
3:19And we know that whatever says the law, it speaks to them in the law: that every mouth be shut, and all the world be culpable to God.
3:20Therefore from the works of the law shall no flesh be justified before him: for by the law the knowledge of sin.
3:21But now without law the justice of God has been made apparent, being testified by the law and by the prophets;
3:22And the justice of God by faith of Jesus Christ to all and upon all believing: for there is no distinction:
3:23For all have sinned, and failed of the glory of God;
3:24Being justified as a gift by his grace by the redemption which is in Christ Jesus:
3:25Whom God had set before a propitiatory by faith in his blood, for a manifestation of his justice by passing over of sins before existing, in the sufferance of God;
3:26For the manifestation of his justice now in time: for him to be just, and justifying him of the faith of Jesus.
3:27Where then boasting? It was excluded. By what law? of works? No: but by the law of faith.
3:28We reckon then man to be justified by faith without the works of the law.
3:29Or only the God of the Jews? and not also of the nations? Yes, also of the nations:
3:30Since one God, who will justify circumcision of faith, and uncircumcision by faith.
3:31Therefore shall we leave the law inactive by faith It may not be: but we should establish the law.
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.