complete verse (1 Corinthians 13:8)

Following are a number of back-translations of 1 Corinthians 13:8:

  • Uma: “Love never finishes/stops [lit., there is not its finishing]. But if we have the ability to speak God’s words, the time will come our ability will be no more. If we have the ability to speak with languages from the Holy Spirit, the time will come our ability will cease. If we have received knowledge from God, the time will come our knowledge won’t be needed.” (Source: Uma Back Translation)
  • Yakan: “Love does not end. The expertise to speak God’s word and the expertise to speak in languages not understood by the people will go by. Likewise also if we (dual) are given deep wisdom it will also just go by.” (Source: Yakan Back Translation)
  • Western Bukidnon Manobo: “As for that skill to explain what God has caused to understand, the time will come when it will be removed. And as for that skill of talking in other languages, that will be removed also. In the same way also, the understanding of deep teaching will also be removed. However, the love for other people which God gives, that cannot be removed because it is forever.” (Source: Western Bukidnon Manobo Back Translation)
  • Kankanaey: “As for the abilities that the Spirit of God gives such as the ability of God’s spokesmen, the ability to speak various languages that have not been learned and the ability to know concerning God, they will all come-to-an-end, but as for love however, it has no ending.” (Source: Kankanaey Back Translation)
  • Tagbanwa: “Really there is no removing of this valuing. Not like these abilities which the Espiritu Santo freely-gives. For the day will come when the ability to-have-put-into-one’s-mind that which God is making known to everyone will be removed. Like that too is the ability to speak different languages that (one) hasn’t studied. Even that ability which is knowledge/skill which God gives concerning his determined-plans at this time, the day will come when it is no longer needed.” (Source: Tagbanwa Back Translation)
  • Tenango Otomi: “And now, concerning that we love our fellow men, there is no end to the necessity of our loving. But these works God gives us will have an end to them. Because there will come the day when no longer the Holy Spirit will have to put in the minds of people what words they are to speak. There will come the day when the Holy Spirit no longer will cause the people to speak different words. There will come the day when no longer there will be the people of whom it is said that the Holy Spirit has taught them the hard words so that they know them.” (Source: Tenango Otomi Back Translation)
  • Chichewa (interconfessional translation, 1999): “Love is unending. | But prophecy [lit.: “the practice of making utterance”] will come to an end, speaking unknown languages will cease, | and human wisdom will end.” (Source: Wendland 1998, p. 161)

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