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Julia E. Smith Translation 1876



24:1And Jesus having gone out, went out of the temple: and his disciples came near to shew him the buildings of the temple.
24:2And Jesus said to them, See ye not all these? truly I say to you, Stone upon stone shall not be left here, which shall not be loosened.
24:3And sitting upon the mount of Olives, his disciples came to him apart, saying, Say to us when these shall be, and what the sign of thy arrival, and the termination of the time.
24:4And Jesus having answered, said to them, See lest any lead you astray.
24:5For many shall come upon my name, saying, I am Christ; and deceive many.
24:6And ye will be about to hear of wars and rumors of war: see, be not terrified; for all must be, but the end is not yet.
24:7For nation shall be raised up against nation, and kingdom against kingdom; and there shall be famines, and plagues, and shakings in places.
24:8And all these the beginning of anguish.
24:9Then shall they deliver you to pressure, and they shall kill you: and ye shall be hated by all nations, for my name.
24:10And then shall many be offended, and they shall deliver up one another, and they shall hate one another.
24:11And many false prophets shall be raised up, and deceive many.
24:12And because anxiety shall increase, the love of many shall be cooled.
24:13But he having persevered to the end, this shall be saved.
24:14And this good news of the kingdom shall be proclaimed in the whole habitable globe for a witness to all nations: and then shall the end come.
24:15Therefore, when ye see the abomination of devastation, spoken of by Daniel the prophet, standing in the holy place, (let him reading, understand:)
24:16Then let them in Judea flee to the mountain;
24:17He upon the house-tops, let him not come down to take away anything out of his house:
24:18And he in the field, let him not turn back to take up his garments:
24:19And woe to those having in the womb, and to those giving suck, in those days!
24:20And pray that your flight be not in winter, nor in the sabbath.
24:21For then shall be great pressure, such as has not been from the beginning of the world till now, nor should be.
24:22And except those days had been shortened, no flesh should be saved: but for the chosen, those days shall be shortened.
24:23Then if any say to you, Behold, here Christ, or there; believe ye not.
24:24For false Christs, and false prophets, shall be raised up, and give great signs and wonders; so as to deceive, if possible, also the chosen.
24:25Behold, I have told you beforehand.
24:26If therefore they should say to you, Behold, he is in the desert; go not forth; Behold, in the store-houses, believe ye not.
24:27For as the lightning comes forth from the sunrisings, and shines to the descents; so also shall be the arrival of the Son of man.
24:28For wherever be the fall, there will the eagles be gathered together.
24:29And quickly after the pressure of those days, the sun shall be darkened, and the moon shall not give her light, and the stars shall fall from the heavens, and the powers of the heavens shall be shaken;
24:30And then shall appear the sign of the Son of man in heaven; and then shall the tribes of the earth lament bitterly, and they shall see the Son of man coming upon the clouds of heaven with power and much glory.
24:31And he shall send his messengers, with the great voice of the trumpet, and they shall bring together his chosen from the four winds, from the extremities of the heavens to the extremities.
24:32And from the fig tree learn a parable; When already her young shoot should be tender, and the leaves should spring forth, ye know that summer is near:
24:33So also ye, when ye should see all these things, know ye that it is near at the doors.
24:34Truly I say to you, That this generation should not pass away, till all these things should be.
24:35The heaven and the earth shall pass away, but my words should not pass away.
24:36And concerning that day and hour, none know, nor the messengers of the heavens, except my Father only.
24:37And as the days of Noe, so shall be the arrival of the Son of man.
24:38For as they were in the days of the inundation, eating and drinking, marrying and giving in marriage, until the day Noe came into the ark,
24:39And knew not till the inundation came, and took them all away; so also shall be the arrival of the Son of man.
24:40Then shall be two in the field; one shall be taken, and one is let go;
24:41Two grinding in the mill; one shall be taken, and one let go.
24:42Watch therefore; for ye know not what hour your Lord comes.
24:43But know this, that if the master of the house had known what watch the thief comes, he had watched, and would not have suffered his house to be undermined.
24:44Therefore be ye also prepared: for what hour ye think not, the Son of man comes.
24:45Who then is the faithful and discerning servant, which his lord set over his attendance, to give them food in due season
24:46Happy that servant which his lord, having come, shall find doing thus.
24:47Truly I say to you, That he shall set him over all his possessions.
24:48But if that servant say in his heart, My lord delays to come;
24:49And he should begin to strike the fellow-servants, and to eat and drink with those intoxicated;
24:50The lord of that servant shall come in a day that he expects not, and in an hour which he knows not,
24:51And he shall cut him in two equal parts, and he shall set his portion with the hypocrites: and there shall be weeping and gnashing of teeth.
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.