basket (Genesis 40)

The Hebrew that is translated in English as “basket” is translated in Newari as “bamboo basket.” (Source: Newari Back Translation)

in the image of God

The Hebrew that is translated in English as “in the image of God (he created them)” or similar is translated in Newari as “(He made them so that they) closely resembled God.” (Source: Newari Back Translation)

reed

The Hebrew and Greek that is translated in English as “reed” is translated in Newari as “bamboo.” (Source: Newari Back Translation)

cattle, livestock

The Hebrew that is translated in English as “livestock” (or “cattle”) is translated in Newari as “living beings brought up in a house” or “living beings cared for in a house” (Source: Newari Back Translation)

why do you look at one another?

The Hebrew that is translated in English as “why do you look at one another?” is translated in Newari as “why are you doing nothing but fold your hands?” (Source: Newari Back Translation)

wild animal

The Hebrew and Greek that is translated in English as “wild animal” or similar is translated in Newari as “animal that lives in the jungle.” (Source: Newari Back Translation)

bound up

The Hebrew that is translated in English as “(his life) is bound up (in the boy’s life)” is translated in Newari as “(his life) is knit (with him).” (Source: Newari Back Translation)

water the garden

The Hebrew that is translated in English as “water the garden” is translated in Newari as “cause the garden to be drenched.” (Source: Newari Back Translation)

lots of gold

The Hebrew that is translated in English as “have gold,” with the implied meaning of “lots of gold” is translated in Newari as “have gold and gold.” (Source: Newari Back Translation)

nose ring

The Hebrew that is translated in English as “nose ring” is translated in Newari as “ear ring.” (Source: Newari Back Translation)

While it’s common for women in Nepal to wear nose rings, in Newar culture this is associated with slave culture, going back to the the 14th century and Ghiyasuddin Tughlaq’sd conquest of Kathmandu and the subsequent enslaving of its people and forced wearing of nose rings for all women to signify his dominance over his new subjects. (See here .)

protected

The Hebrew that is translated in English as “(you will be) protected” or “(you will) look around you is translated in Newari as “you see all four sides.” (Source: Newari Back Translation)

comforted

The Hebrew that is translated in English as “comforted” is translated in Newari as “grief was lost.” (Source: Newari Back Translation)