complete verse (1 Corinthians 14:2)

Following are a number of back-translations of 1 Corinthians 14:2:

  • Uma: “For a person who speaks with languages from the Holy Spirit, he isn’t speaking to his fellow humans. He is speaking only to God. For his companion doesn’t know what he is saying, he is speaking from the leading of the Holy Spirit, talking about things that mankind doesn’t know.” (Source: Uma Back Translation)
  • Yakan: “If a person speaks in a language that is not understood by the people, the one he speaks to is God and not his companions, because they don’t understand his speaking. He is caused to speak by the Spirit of God but his words are like hidden because nobody can understand them.” (Source: Yakan Back Translation)
  • Western Bukidnon Manobo: “And if there is someone who can talk in a language that he does not know God is the one he is speaking to, and he’s not speaking to his companions because they don’t understand what he says. That which he is saying is inspired by the Holy Spirit, but it is hidden because no one can understand it.” (Source: Western Bukidnon Manobo Back Translation)
  • Kankanaey: “Because the one who speaks languages which he has not learned, it is only God with whom he is conversing, not people, because they don’t understand, because his spirit is causing-him -to-speak what other people don’t know.” (Source: Kankanaey Back Translation)
  • Tagbanwa: “As for this (ability), it is more helpful than that ability to speak different languages that (one) hasn’t studied. For the one who can speak these languages he hasn’t studied, God is the one he is speaking to, not his fellowman. Therefore they won’t understand because, under the influence of the Espiritu Santo, he is speaking that which can’t be understood by people.” (Source: Tagbanwa Back Translation)
  • Tenango Otomi: “Because if there are people who speak those word which are not understood, then it is not to people they speak because no one hears what they speak. Just God alone knows the words spoken. The Holy Spirit strengthens them, putting into their minds what to speak, but no one can understand the meaning of the words.” (Source: Tenango Otomi Back Translation)