complete verse (Matthew 21:25)

Following are a number of back-translations of Matthew 21:25:

  • Uma: “Tell me: from where was Yohanes the Baptizer’s power to baptize people? From God, or from mankind?’ Those Yahudi leaders spoke to one another, they said: ‘How should we (incl.) answer him? If we (incl.) say his power/authority is from God, he will say to us (incl.): ‘If so, why do you not believe him?'” (Source: Uma Back Translation)
  • Yakan: “When Yahiya bathed the people, where was his authority from? From God or from mankind only?’ They planned/discussed together, they said, ‘If we say for example that the authority of Yahiya to bathe people was from God, he will say, ‘Na, why did you not believe Yahiya?'” (Source: Yakan Back Translation)
  • Western Bukidnon Manobo: “Who gave John the Baptist the authority to baptize? Was it God. Or was it only a person?’ And then they asked each other, saying, ‘If we say ‘God’, he will ask, ‘Why didn’t you believe John?'” (Source: Western Bukidnon Manobo Back Translation)
  • Kankanaey: “This is my question. Who gave Juan his authority to baptize people? Was it God or a person?’ Then they asked-each-other saying, ‘What shall we answer? If we say that it was God who gave him his authority, Jesus will probably say, ‘If that’s so, then why didn’t you believe/obey him?'” (Source: Kankanaey Back Translation)
  • Tagbanwa: “Where did the authority come from for Juan to baptize? From God or from people?’ When they heard that, they discussed-among-themselves, ‘If we (incl.) say, ‘From God,’ he will then say to us, ‘Well why don’t you believe/obey him?'” (Source: Tagbanwa Back Translation)
  • Tenango Otomi: “Who was it who gave permission to John to baptize the people? Was it God who gave permission or was it only people who gave permission for what he did?’ The people then asked among themselves how to reply. They said: ‘What will we say now? If we say that God gave permission for what John did, then he will say to us: ‘Well, how come you don’t believe what he said about me then?’ he will say to us.” (Source: Tenango Otomi Back Translation)

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