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Julia E. Smith Translation 1876



4:1And again he began to teach by the sea: and a great crowd was gathered together to him, so that he, having gone into the ship, sat in the sea; and all the crowd was by the sea upon land.
4:2And he taught them in parables many things, and said to them in his teaching,
4:3Hear ye; behold, he sowing went out to sow:
4:4And it was in sowing some truly fell by the way, and the flying things of heaven came and ate it down.
4:5And other fell upon stony places, where it had not much earth; and quickly it sprang forth, for it had no deepness of earth:
4:6And the sun having risen, it was parched up; and because it had no root, it was dried up.
4:7And other fell in thorns, and the thorns came up, and choked it, and it gave no fruit.
4:8And other fell in good earth, and gave fruit coming up and increasing; and one brought thirty, and one sixty, and one a hundred.
4:9And he said to them, He having ears to hear, let him hear.
4:10And when he was alone, they about him with the twelve asked him of the parable.
4:11And he said to them, To you has it been given to know the mystery of the kingdom of God: but to those without, all are in parables:
4:12That seeing they might see, and not know; and hearing they might hear, and not understand; lest they turn back, and their sins be remitted to them.
4:13And he says to them, Know ye not this parable? and how will ye know all parables?
4:14He sowing sows the word.
4:15And these are they by the way, where the word is sown; and when they hear, quickly comes Satan, and takes away the word sown in their hearts.
4:16And these are likewise they sown upon stony places; who, when they hear, quickly with joy receive it;
4:17And have no root in themselves, but are temporary; then pressure having been or expulsion for the word, quickly are they scandalized.
4:18And these are they sown in thorns; these are they hearing the word.
4:19And the cares of this time, and the deceit of riches, and eager desires about remaining things, coming in, choke the word, and it is unfruitful.
4:20And these are they sown on good earth; who hear the word, and receive, and bear fruit, one thirty, and one sixty, and one a hundred.
4:21And he said to them, Much less the light comes that it be set under a bushel, or under a bed; that it be not set upon a candlestick.
4:22For not anything is hid, which should not be manifested; neither was concealed, but that it should come clear.
4:23Whoever has ears to hear, let him hear.
4:24And he said to them, See ye how ye hear: with what measure ye measure, shall be measured to you: and to you hearing, shall be added.
4:25For whoever should have, to him shall be given: and whoever has not, also what he has shall be taken away from him.
4:26And he said, So is the kingdom of God, as if a man should cast seed upon the earth;
4:27And he sleep, and should rise night and day, and the seed should sprout, and be raised; how, he knows not.
4:28For the earth bears fruit spontaneously; first the grass, then the ear, then the full wheat in the ear.
4:29But when the fruit should yield, quickly he sends the sickle, for the harvest is brought forward.
4:30And he said, To what should we liken the kingdom of God? or in what parable should we hold it forth?
4:31As a kernel of mustard, which, when it be sown in the earth, is smaller than all seeds upon the earth:
4:32And when it be sown, it comes up and is greater than all vegetables, and makes great young shoots; so that the flying things of heaven can encamp under its shadow.
4:33And with many such parables spake he the word to them, as they were able to hear.
4:34And without a parable spake he not to them: and apart, he solved all to his disciples.
4:35And he says to them in that day, being evening, Let us go beyond.
4:36And having let the crowd go, they receive him as he was in the ship. And there were also other small vessels with him.
4:37And there is a great hurricane of wind, and the waves struck against the ship, so that it was already filled.
4:38And he was upon the back part of the ship, sleeping upon a pillow: and they aroused him, and say to him, Teacher, carest thou not that we perish?
4:39And having risen, he censured the wind, and said to the sea, Be silent, be constricted. And the wind ceased, and there was a great calm.
4:40And he said to them, Why are ye so timorous? how have ye not faith?
4:41And they feared a great fear, and said to one another, Who is this, that also the wind and sea listen to 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.