complete verse (1 Corinthians 1:21)

Following are a number of back-translations of 1 Corinthians 1:21:

  • Uma: “For no matter how clever man is, they don’t [come to] know God by their cleverness. For following God’s wisdom [lit., clearness of heart], he decided that whoever believes in the Good News he would lift from the punishment of their sins. But when we (excl.) announce the Good News, those who do not believe say: ‘Those are the words of stupid people.'” (Source: Uma Back Translation)
  • Yakan: “God’s knowledge is really deep. That is what he wants, that the people will not know about God going through/by their knowledge. Therefore God purposed to save the ones who believe-obey the good news that we (excl.) proclaim, even though the ones who don’t believe-obey say that there is no use in our (excl.) proclaiming.” (Source: Yakan Back Translation)
  • Western Bukidnon Manobo: “God is really wise; He has that people cannot know who He is by means of their own wisdom, for He has made it so that they can only be set free by means of their faith in the Good News which we (dual) teach. But they suppose mistakenly that it is a lie and it has no value.” (Source: Western Bukidnon Manobo Back Translation)
  • Kankanaey: “Because due to God’s wisdom, he decided that it would not be possible for people to come-to-know him through their own wisdom, because God’s plan is to save those who believe in Cristo through what we (excl.) are preaching which those who don’t believe consider of no value.” (Source: Kankanaey Back Translation)
  • Tagbanwa: “Because according to his far-from-ordinary wisdom, God determined that he would not be recognized/known by people just because of their own perception. Therefore he determined already and this is his will that only because of people’s belief-in/obeying what is being taught concerning Cristo will he save them. As for this, it has no worth/usefulness according to the world’s perception.” (Source: Tagbanwa Back Translation)
  • Tenango Otomi: “God truly has all wisdom. He determined that concerning the wisdom of the people who live here on earth, it will not be that wisdom which will understand who God is. God determined that those people who will believe the good news are those who will have their souls saved. Concerning this new word, people who do not believe the word say that it is of no value.” (Source: Tenango Otomi Back Translation)