complete verse (1 Corinthians 3:19)

Following are a number of back-translations of 1 Corinthians 3:19:

  • Uma: “For what mankind says is cleverness is just stupidity in the sight of God. It is written in the Holy Book long ago like this: ‘No matter how clever and scheming mankind/people are, the Lord God will always defeat them.'” (Source: Uma Back Translation)
  • Yakan: “Because the wisdom of people in this world is of no use in the estimation of God. For it is written in the holy-book, it says, ‘The underlying-reason is from God that the person with deep wisdom figuratively traps himself.'” (Source: Yakan Back Translation)
  • Western Bukidnon Manobo: “For the wisdom here on the earth, it has no value to God because His wisdom is very much higher. For there is a written word of God which says, ‘The wisdom of a wise man that he uses to scorn other people, that will be the very thing which causes him to kick the trigger of God’s trap.'” (Source: Western Bukidnon Manobo Back Translation)
  • Kankanaey: “Because the wisdom that is worldly, it is of no value in God’s estimation. Because there is that which God caused-to-be-written which says, ‘What God uses to defeat wise people, it is their own craftiness.'” (Source: Kankanaey Back Translation)
  • Tagbanwa: “Because that which the world considers to be good wisdom/understanding, which does not recognize God, (it is) of no account in his sight. For it says in the writings of long ago, ‘Those who are really adept in the nature/ways of deception, God will set in motion that that deception of theirs is what will snare them.'” (Source: Tagbanwa Back Translation)
  • Tenango Otomi: “Because the wisdom of the people here on earth who do not know God is not worth anything in the face, the eye of God. It says in the Holy Book, ‘God causes that concerning the person who says he understands by himself the word he knows, there will be no benefit derived from the word he understands.'” (Source: Tenango Otomi Back Translation)