complete verse (1 Corinthians 13:1)

Following are a number of back-translations of 1 Corinthians 13:1:

  • Uma: “If for example we get the ability from the Holy Spirit to speak many kinds of human languages or also the languages of angels, but if we don’t have love for others, it has no use. Our words are just like a gong that goes-clang or like a drum that goes-thud, they have no use.” (Source: Uma Back Translation)
  • Yakan: “Even if for example I were given expertise to speak all languages here in the world and including I could speak the language of the angels, but if I had no love there would be no use in my expertise. My speech would be just like the noise of agongs or a tin can hit indiscriminately.” (Source: Yakan Back Translation)
  • Western Bukidnon Manobo: “Even though I’m given the skill to talk in languages here on the earth, and even the language of the angels in Heaven but I do not love my companions, there is no value to the skill which is given me, because my speaking is just only like the sound of an gong or a bamboo clapper which is beaten on.” (Source: Western Bukidnon Manobo Back Translation)
  • Kankanaey: “Even though I am able-to-speak the languages of people and even languages of angels, yet if I have no love for my companions, what I say is mere noise/disturbance like a clanging gong (cymbal deliberately omitted due to lack of meaningful RL equivalent).” (Source: Kankanaey Back Translation)
  • Tagbanwa: “Even if I can now speak many-different languages of people here under heaven, even though I haven’t studied them, or even the language of the angels, if I really don’t value my fellowman, those words of mine, they are useless. Just like the sound of percussion-instruments that are being struck haphazardly.” (Source: Tagbanwa Back Translation)
  • Tenango Otomi: “Now, although we should know how to speak the languages of other people or if we knew the language spoken by angels, yet if we do not love our fellow men, then it is of no value. Concerning the words we would speak, they would be of no value because they would be like the cymbal when it is ringing or like the bell when it is ringing.” (Source: Tenango Otomi Back Translation)