complete verse (1 Corinthians 4:9)

Following are a number of back-translations of 1 Corinthians 4:9:

  • Uma: “But we (excl.) haven’t-yet become kings on the earth. In my opinion, we (excl.) apostles of the Lord Yesus, God has made us (excl.) people who are the most pitiable of all mankind. We(excl.) are treated like people who are condemned to die [lit., punished dead] as the crowds watch/spectate. The contents of the world watch us (excl.), both mankind and angels.” (Source: Uma Back Translation)
  • Yakan: “The reason that I say this is because I think that we (excl.) the apostles, among all people we (excl.) are really put down by God. We (excl.) are like people judged to be killed in the midst of crowds of people (publicly), and all the people and including the angels see us (excl.).” (Source: Yakan Back Translation)
  • Western Bukidnon Manobo: “The reason I say this is because as for us apostles, God has made us to be people whose rank is lower than anyone’s. We are like prisoners who are going to be killed and all creatures are looking at us– all mankind and all of the angels of God who come from Heaven.” (Source: Western Bukidnon Manobo Back Translation)
  • Kankanaey: “Because the truth of it in my opinion is that God has made-us (excl.) apostles -into the lowest (class) people like those who have been condemned to die in public (pobliko) so that all people and angels also will spectate.” (Source: Kankanaey Back Translation)
  • Tagbanwa: “Because in my thinking, we (excl.) apostles, it’s like God has made us the most insignificant of all people. What we (excl.) are like is people who have been sentenced to be killed with everyone watching. This is the truth, this situation of ours(excl.), it’s like it’s being watched by the whole world, both people and angels(glossary item) alike.” (Source: Tagbanwa Back Translation)
  • Tenango Otomi: “Because the result of what is done to us who are Christ’s representatives, it seems God has made us to be in the last place. We live as though we were prisoners already determined to be put to death. People gather to see what will happen to us. Angels and people alike watch what we go through.” (Source: Tenango Otomi Back Translation)