complete verse (2 Corinthians 2:15)

Following are a number of back-translations of 2 Corinthians 2:15:

  • Uma: “In God’s sight, we (excl.) are like incense that is burned, that is smelled by all people. For we (excl.) are the ones he has sent to proclaim the News of Kristus to all people. To people who believe the Good News we (excl.) are like something fragrant, for we tell them the news that gives them good life forever. But to people who reject the Good News we (excl.) are like something stinking, for we tell them that God will punish them in hell. Who is able to do this work? With our own ability, no-one of course. [implied here and stated by Paul in 3:5]” (Source: Uma Back Translation)
  • Yakan: “We (excl.) are like incense burned by Almasi for God. The news preached by us (excl.) is like a fragrance spreading to all people, the people who are saved and the people who are not saved.” (Source: Yakan Back Translation)
  • Western Bukidnon Manobo: “And since we have been made the messengers of Christ so that we might spread this news, God likes this very much, and this news comes to people who are being freed from punishment, and also those who are not being freed.” (Source: Western Bukidnon Manobo Back Translation)
  • Kankanaey: “Because our (excl.) preaching concerning Cristo, it is like fragrant incense with-which-God -is-satisfied which all who hear are smelling, believers and non believers.” (Source: Kankanaey Back Translation)
  • Tagbanwa: “For because of our (excl.) teaching the Good News concerning Cristo, we (excl.) are like the most-fragrant-thing which pleases God, which can be smelled by the people who now have salvation/freedom, and those who will arrive at death which is punishment which is without ending.” (Source: Tagbanwa Back Translation)
  • Tenango Otomi: “God looks well on my spreading the word about Christ. When the incense burns, its smell is smelled by all the people. Like this is the word I speak now, all the people hear the word, alike for those whose souls are saved and alike for those who will go to punishment, all hear the word.” (Source: Tenango Otomi Back Translation)
  • Warlpiri: (verses 15 and 16) “We Apostles did Christ Jesus give to God like special meat which they burned and gave to God long ago in order to placate him. Many people whom God is keeping safe, and many others who are still going away from him, the whole lot of them we tell the Good News. People who are going the wrong way from God, they hear the Good News. After that, they say that it is bad like meat that has gone off and smells bad, like that. Other people whom God is keeping, they also hear that Good News. After that, they say this, ‘The Good News, it makes us alive. It is really good just like the way grass smells after the rain.’ That is true.” (Source: Carl Gross)

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