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Julia E. Smith Translation 1876



43:1And the famine was heavy upon the earth.
43:2And it shall be when they finished eating the grain which they brought from Egypt, their father will say to them, Turn back, buy for us a little food.
43:3And Judah will speak to him, saying, Protesting, the man protested to us, saying, Ye shall not see my face, except your brother is with you.
43:4If thou art sending our brother with us we will go down and will buy food for thee.
43:5And if thou art not sending, we will not go down, for the man said to us, Ye shall not see my face except your brother is with you.
43:6And Israel will say, For what did ye evil to me to announce to the man to be yet a brother to you?
43:7And they will say, Asking, the man asked about us and about our family, saying, Is your father yet living? is there a brother to you? and we announced to him according to the mouth of these words: Knowing, did we know that he will say, Bring down your brother?
43:8And Judah will say to Israel his father, Send the youth with me, and we will arise and go; and we shall live and not die,. also we, also thou, also our little ones.
43:9I will be surety for him; from my hand shalt thou seek him, if I brought him not to thee and set him before thee, I sinned before thee all the days.
43:10For unless we lingered we had turned back this twice.
43:11And Israel their father will say to them, If so now, do this; take of the best fruits of the land in your vessels, and carry down to the man a gift of a little balsam, and a little honey and spice and resin, pistacia nuts, and almonds.
43:12And take of twice the silver in your hands; and the silver turned back in the mouth of your sacks, ye shall turn back in your hand; perhaps it was an error.
43:13And take your brother and arise, turn back to the man.
43:14And God Almighty will give to you mercy before the man, and send you your one brother and Benjamin: and when I was bereaved of children, I was bereaved of children.
43:15And the men will take this gift, and they took double the silver in their hand, and Benjamin; and they will rise up and go down to Egypt, and they will stand before Joseph.
43:16And Joseph will see Benjamin with them, and he will say to him over his house, Bring the men to the house, and slaughter a slaughter, and make ready, for the men shall eat with me at noon.
43:17And the man will do according to what Joseph said: and the man will bring the men into Joseph's house.
43:18And the men will be afraid, because they were brought into Joseph's house; and they will say, For the word of the silver turned back in our sacks at the beginning, we were brought in; to roll himself upon us and to fall upon us and to take us for servants and our asses.
43:19And they will come near the man which was over Joseph's house, and they will say to him at the entrance of the house,
43:20And they will say, With leave my lord, coming down, we came down at the beginning to buy food.
43:21And it will be as we came to the lodging place, and we opened our sacks, and behold, the silver of each in the mouth of his sack, our silver in weight: and we turned it back in our hand.
43:22And other silver we brought down in our hand to buy food: we knew not who put our silver in our sacks.
43:23And he will say, Peace to you, ye shall not be afraid; your God, and the God of your father, gave to you treasure in your sacks: your silver came to me. And he brought forth to them. Simeon.
43:24And the man will bring the men into Joseph's house, and will give water, and they will wash their feet; and he will give fodder to their asses.
43:25And they will make ready the gift at the coming of Joseph at noon: for they heard that they shall eat bread there.
43:26And Joseph will come to his house and they will bring to him the gift which is in their hand to the house, and they will worship towards him to the earth.
43:27And he will ask them concerning peace, and he will say, Is it peace to your father, the old man of whom ye spake? Is he yet living?
43:28And they will say, Peace to thy servant to our father, he is yet living: and they will bow down and worship.
43:29And he will lift up his eyes and see his brother Benjamin, the son of his mother, and he will say, This your little brother of whom ye spake to me? and he will say, God will compassionate thee my son.
43:30And Joseph will hasten; for his bowels will move to his brother: and he will seek to weep, and he will go to his store-chamber and will weep there.
43:31And he will wash his face and come forth, and will restrain himself, and will say, Place bread.
43:32And they will set for him alone, and for them alone, and the Egyptians eating with him, alone; for the Egyptians will not be able to eat bread with the Hebrews; for it is abomination to the Egyptians.
43:33And they will set before him, the first-born, according to his seniority, and the small according to his minority: and the men will wonder each at his friend.
43:34And he will take gifts from before him to them: and Benjamin's gift will increase above all their gifts, five parts. And they will drink and be intoxicated with him.
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.