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Julia E. Smith Translation 1876



25:1And Jehovah will speak to Moses, saying,
25:2Speak to the sons of Israel, and they shall take for me an offering: from every man whose heart shall impel him, ye shall take my offerings
25:3And this the offering which ye shall take from them; gold, and silver, and brass.
25:4Cerulean purple, and reddish purple, and double scarlet and fine cotton, and goats' hair,
25:5And skins of rams made red, and tahash skins, and acacia wood;
25:6Oil for a light, spices for the oil of the anointing, and for the incense of aromatics;
25:7And stones of onyx, and stones filling up for the ephod and the breastplate.
25:8And make ye to me a holy place; and I will abide in the midst of you.
25:9According to all which I having shewn to thee, the pattern of the tent and the pattern of all its vessels; and thus shall ye do.
25:10And make ye an ark of acacia wood: two cubits and a half its length, a cubit and a half its breadth, and a cubit and a half its height
25:11And thou shalt spread pure gold over it, from within and from without thou shalt spread over it; and make to it a wreath of gold round about
25:12And thou shalt cast to at four rings of gold, and give upon its four steps: and two rings upon its one side, and two rings upon its second side.
25:13And make bars of acacia wood, and spread over them gold.
25:14And bring the bars into the rings upon the sides of the ark, to lift up the ark with them.
25:15The bars shall be in the rings of the ark: they shall not remove from them.
25:16And give to the ark the testimony which I shall give to thee.
25:17And make a cover of pure gold: two cubits and a half its length, and a cubit and a half its breadth;
25:18And make two cherubs of gold; of turned work shalt thou make them, from the two ends of the cover.
25:19And make the one cherub from this end, and one cherub from this end: thus of the mercy seat shall ye make the cherubs upon its two ends.
25:20And the cherubs shall be spreading their wings on high, covering with their wings over the cover; and their faces each to the other; to the cover shall be the faces of the cherubs.
25:21And give the cover upon the ark from on high; and to the ark thou shalt give the testimony which I shall give to thee.
25:22And I was known to thee there, and I spake to thee from above the cover, from between the two cherubs which are upon the ark of the testimony, all which I shall command thee to the sons of Israel.
25:23And make a table of acacia wood; two cubits its length, and a cubit its breadth, and a cubit and a half its height
25:24And spread over it pure gold, and make to it a wreath of gold round about
25:25And thou shalt make to it a closing a hand breadth round about, and make a wreath of gold to its closing round about
25:26And make to it four gold rings, and give the rings upon the four parts which are to its four feet
25:27And over against the closings shall be the rings for houses for the bars to lift up the table.
25:28And make the bars of acacia wood, and spread over them gold, and lift up with them the table.
25:29And make its dishes, and its censers, and its bowls, and its bowls for libation which to pour into them, pure gold shalt thou make them.
25:30Give upon the table the bread of the face before me continually.
25:31And make a candlestick pure gold: turned work shalt thou make the candlestick: its thigh, its shaft, its cups, its chaplets, and flowers, shall be from it
25:32And six stems coming out from its sides; three branches of the chandelier from the one side, and three stems of the chandelier from the second side.
25:33Three bowls made like almonds, in one stem a chaplet and a flower; and three bowls made like almonds in the one stem, a chaplet and a flower: thus to the six stems going forth from the chandelier.
25:34And in the chandelier, four bowls made like almonds, its chaplets and its flowers.
25:35And a chaplet under two stems from it, and a chaplet under two stems from it, and a chaplet under two stems from it, to the six stems coming out of the chandelier.
25:36Their chaplets and their stems shall be from it: all of it one turned work of pure gold.
25:37And make its seven lights: and raise up its lights to give light over against its face.
25:38And its tongs and its fire pans, pure gold.
25:39A talent of pure gold he shall make it, with all these vessels.
25:40And see, and make in their pattern which thou wert seeing in the mountain.
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.