complete verse (1 Corinthians 6:12)

Following are a number of back-translations of 1 Corinthians 6:12:

  • Uma: “Some of you say: ‘ Since God has freed us from the punishment of our sins, we can do what we want.’ That is true, but I [emphatic] say: if we do what we want, not everything will be useful/beneficial to/for us. I can do what I want, but I don’t want to be under the control of [lit., caused to be under] anything.” (Source: Uma Back Translation)
  • Yakan: “Now, this is about the desires of our (dual) body. Perhaps there is/are (some) there who say, ‘I can do anything I want to if only I don’t break the law.’ That is true, but not all you (plural) wish/want to do causes-good to you (plural). If I say, ‘I can do anything I want to,’ that is true, but I don’t want to become addicted to my doing.” (Source: Yakan Back Translation)
  • Western Bukidnon Manobo: “And if there’s someone who says that as for us (incl.) believers, it’s possible for us to do anything as long as it’s not bad, because we are free from obeying the law, now that’s really true. However, there are many kinds of activity that don’t help us in our faith. For even if it is possible that I can do anything I want to, I will not permit that I become a slave of any kind of activity.” (Source: Western Bukidnon Manobo Back Translation)
  • Kankanaey: “There are those among you who are saying, ‘I am at-liberty to do whatever I want.’ It’s true granted that we are at-liberty, but all that we do doesn’t lead to our betterment. And as for me, even though something isn’t prohibited, I will still not do it if I will be enslaved by that-aforementioned-thing that I would do.” (Source: Kankanaey Back Translation)
  • Tagbanwa: “Well, someone might be saying, ‘It’s possible/acceptable for us to do anything at all, provided it hasn’t been forbidden by God.’ Admittedly so, but not all things are for our benefit. And even though it is true that we can do whatever we want to do that the Lord hasn’t forbidden, we need to be careful that there is no habit that we overly value, which is like enslaving us.” (Source: Tagbanwa Back Translation)
  • Tenango Otomi: “Now, we are not ruled by the law which the Jews walk by. Now we are able to do what we want. But always let us control ourselves so that we will not do what is not proper.” (Source: Tenango Otomi Back Translation)