complete section (John 12:12-19)

The translator of the Wichí Lhamtés Nocten New Testament rearranged the chronology of John 12:12-19, because he found the traditional order of verses confusing. The new order is 12a, 14a, 17, 18, 12b, 13, 14b, 15, 16, 19.

The back-translation of this section is as follows:

The next day, when many people had already gone to Jerusalem to gather for the festival of Passover, Jesus mounted a donkey and then he too went into that city. And the people who had been with him the day recently when he called Lazarus who was in the tomb to rise from amongst the dead, they told others what they had seen Jesus do. And that’s why the people, when they heard that Jesus was about to enter Jerusalem, cut palm leaves and went to meet him and kept crying out saying:

“God is great!” “Blessing is with the man who comes with the word (authority) of the Lord! Blessing is with him who is the King of the people of Israel!”

Just as the age-old Writing says:

“People of Zion, don’t be afraid.
Look upon your King, he comes on a little donkey.”

But at first his disciples did not understand such things. But later when Jesus entered his greatness, then they remembered that all things that had been done thus were indeed what the age-old Writing had said about Jesus.

But the Pharisees, when they saw those things, spoke amongst themselves saying:

“You see this. If it is so, we can do nothing. Because look, everybody is going with him!”

Source: Robert Lund in The Bible Translator 1987, 445f.