Textus Receptus Bibles
Julia E. Smith Translation 1876
|2:1||I Beseech therefore, first of all, supplications to be made, prayers, entreaties, thanks, for all men;|
|2:2||For kings, and all them being in eminence; that we may lead a gentle and quiet life, in all devotion and gravity.|
|2:3||For this good and acceptable before our Saviour God;|
|2:4||Who wills all men to be saved, and to come to the knowledge of the truth.|
|2:5||For one God, and one mediator of God and men, the man Christ Jesus;|
|2:6||Having given himself a ransom for all, a testimony in his own time.|
|2:7||For which I was placed a herald, and the sent, (I speak truth in Christ, I lie not;) a teacher of the nations in faith and truth.|
|2:8||I will therefore men shall pray in every place, lifting up holy hands, without anger and reasoning.|
|2:9||And likewise the women in well-arranged simplicity, with modesty and discretion, arrange themselves; not in tresses, or gold, or pearls, or expensive clothing;|
|2:10||But (what become women professing religious worship) with good works.|
|2:11||Let the woman, in freedom from care, learn in all subjection.|
|2:12||And I trust not the woman to teach, neither to exercise authority over the man, but to be in freedom from care.|
|2:13||For Adam was first formed, then Eve.|
|2:14||And Adam was not deceived, but the woman, having been deceived, was in the transgression.|
|2:15||And she shall be saved through the bringing forth children, if they remain in faith and love and consecration with discretion.|
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.