complete verse (1 Corinthians 3:12)

Following are a number of back-translations of 1 Corinthians 3:12:

  • Uma: “If there are workers of God’s whose work doing God’s work is good, they can be compared to a house maker who builds a house with many kinds of good stuff, for example gold, silver and expensive stones. If there are those whose doing of God’s work is not good, they are like a house builder who builds a house using what is not so good, like wood, grass and straw.” (Source: Uma Back Translation)
  • Yakan: “The ones building the house use different kinds of materials. That means their teachings are not equally valuable. Figuratively some use material that is valuable and difficult to destroy like gold or silver or precious stones. Others use materials that easily burn like wood and cogon and woven-coconut-leaves.” (Source: Yakan Back Translation)
  • Western Bukidnon Manobo: “If someone built a house on Jesus Christ, there are many materials of the house that he uses. And as for these materials, the interpretation of them is teaching. And for example, if the teaching of one person is really helpful, then this material is like gold, silver and expensive stones, because this cannot be burned up by fire. But if the teaching is not very helpful, this is just like wood and grass and bamboo, because these, by contrast, can easily be burned up.” (Source: Western Bukidnon Manobo Back Translation)
  • Kankanaey: “But it is possible that different-things be used to be-built-on the foundation. Because there are those who build-with gold and silver and expensive stones and there are also those who build with wood and reeds and rice-straw.” (Source: Kankanaey Back Translation)
  • Tagbanwa: “But the construction-materials being used by the builders are not the same. There are those which are very good like gold, silver, and valuable stones. There are also ones which are not good, like softwoods, grass or just stubble-after-harvest.” (Source: Tagbanwa Back Translation)
  • Tenango Otomi: “But now, there are many stones being used by those who continue the work of building. Some of the workers place stones of gold in the house. Others of the workers place stones of silver. Or other place stones which appear very beautiful. And others of the workers put wood in the house. Others put in grass. Others put straw in the house.” (Source: Tenango Otomi Back Translation)