complete verse (Luke 7:8)

Following are a number of back-translations of Luke 7:8:

  • Nyongar: “I also am a man with a boss. He stands over me but many soldiers sit beneath me. I tell this man, ‘Go!’ and he goes; I say to that man, ‘Come!’ and he comes; and I tell my servant, ‘Do this!’ and he does.'” (Source: Warda-Kwabba Luke-Ang)
  • Uma: “Because me, I am also just a commanded-one, and there are also those whom I command. If for example there is my command to a soldier saying to him: ‘Go!,’ he definitely goes. If I call another soldier, ‘Come here!’ he definitely comes. If I say to my slaves, ‘Do that!’ they definitely do it. So also You (sing.) Father, what you (sing.) say there [where the listener is, but not the speaker], will definitely happen here.'” (Source: Uma Back Translation)
  • Yakan: “I know for even I am ruled over by the great ones/the ones higher up and I rule over the soldiers. If I say to one, ‘Go,’ he goes. If I say to another one, ‘Come here,’ he comes. And if I say to my servant, ‘Do this,’ he does it.'” (Source: Yakan Back Translation)
  • Western Bukidnon Manobo: “I know, because it’s just like there’s someone who is in charge of me, and there are also soldiers that I’m in charge of and I command the one that he should come to me and he comes. I also send my servant, if I have anything for him to do, and he does it. It’s just the same with you, because what you say will come to pass.'” (Source: Western Bukidnon Manobo Back Translation)
  • Kankanaey: “Because it’s reportedly the same with him that there are higher-ups who give-orders to him and there are also his soldiers to whom he gives-orders. If he tells one, ‘Go,’ he goes, and if he also says to one, ‘Come,’ he comes, and if he also tells his slave, ‘Do this,’ he does it.'” (Source: Kankanaey Back Translation)
  • Tagbanwa: “For I am used to verbal orders, because I also have a boss/leader who gives me orders, and there are soldiers to whom I give orders. If I say to one person, ‘Go,’ he really will go. Well if I say to the next, ‘Come here,’ he truly comes to me. It’s like that too with my servant, if I order him, ‘Do this,’ he truly will do it.'” (Source: Tagbanwa Back Translation)
  • Italian (La Sua Parola è Vita): “I too am subject to the authority of my superiors and I myself have authority over my men; I know that if I give an order to any of them or to my servant, they obey me.” (Cotrozzi 2019 explains: “La Sua Parola è Vita quite boldly recasts the verse as indirect speech and generalizes its content to adapt it to Italian ears.”)

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