complete verse (2 Corinthians 3:2)

Following are a number of back-translations of 2 Corinthians 3:2:

  • Uma: “You yourselves are a praise letter that we (excl.) possess/hold. You are like a letter that is written in our (excl.) hearts, for we (excl.) love you. Wherever our (excl.) journey goes, we (excl.) recount to all people how/that you received the Good News that we (excl.) carried.” (Source: Uma Back Translation)
  • Yakan: “But I don’t have to carry letters like that, because you are a letter written in our (excl.) livers. You are seen by the people and immediately they know that your behavior is good, and because of this they know that we (excl.) have authority.” (Source: Yakan Back Translation)
  • Western Bukidnon Manobo: “But as for us, we don’t need anything like that; we know that you are our letter, for by means of your good works, everybody knows that our works are also good.” (Source: Western Bukidnon Manobo Back Translation)
  • Kankanaey: “Because you yourselves are what are compared to a letter that is the evidence (lit. showing) of our (excl.) work. The contents of that-aforementioned letter are already in our (excl.) minds, and it is also easy for even any person who comes-to-know you to read-it.” (Source: Kankanaey Back Translation)
  • Tagbanwa: “But as for us (excl.), we (excl.) don’t need (anything) like that, for you now are as it were a letter which testifies about us (excl.). We (excl.) really are sure about the new-quality of your lives and this also is what testifies to everyone of the good-quality of our (excl.) work among you.” (Source: Tagbanwa Back Translation)
  • Tenango Otomi: “But I do not need a letter to help me. If there is someone who wants to know if the word I spoke there where you live came out good or not, then he can see how you are walking and thus know that the word came out well. As for me, always I am thinking of you.” (Source: Tenango Otomi Back Translation)
  • Warlpiri (verses 1-3) “You people talk and reckon that I am just boasting and calling myself big. But me, you people know me as a Church Apostle. I am not like many others who reckon that they themselves are Apostles. They show you papers/letters with their names so that you can look at them and know, so they reckon, that they are Apostles. And as for me, I am not asking you so that you can give me a paper like that so that I can go around showing it. You people are like a paper with story that God wrote in my heart. When other people see you, they think about me as God’s Apostle. And they know you also that you are like a letter that Christ Jesus wrote on paper. He did not write the story on stone with something like charcoal. In your hearts he wrote it with God’s Holy Spirit, God who is really alive. This certainly is the paper I show to people.” (Source: Carl Gross)

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