complete verse (1 Corinthians 7:28)

Following are a number of back-translations of 1 Corinthians 7:28:

  • Uma: “But if an unmarried-man wants to get married [lit., be-wived], it isn’t a sin for him. And if an unmarried-woman wants to get married [be-husbanded], it isn’t a sin for her. But just this: people who are married [coupled] will certainly have troubles in this world. And my desire is that you not be hit by those troubles.” (Source: Uma Back Translation)
  • Yakan: “But if you take a wife you don’t sin. And the young unmarried women also if they take a husband they don’t sin. This is the reason why I say that it is better if you don’t take a wife or a husband because I would like you not to experience the difficulties/troubles that the people have who have a wife or a husband.” (Source: Yakan Back Translation)
  • Western Bukidnon Manobo: “And if a man gets married, that’s not a sin; and if a woman gets married, the same way also that’s not a sin. The reason that I tell you that it’s better if you don’t get married is because when you get married what happens to you here on the earth is very hard, and I am anxious that you don’t have to go through things like that.” (Source: Western Bukidnon Manobo Back Translation)
  • Kankanaey: “But if you (singular) get-married, it’s certainly not a sin. It’s the same with you (singular) who are a young-lady, it’s not a sin for you (singular) to get-married. But I say nonetheless that it’s still better if you don’t get-married, because I want you not to be hardshipped by the hardship that a married-couple experiences in this life.” (Source: Kankanaey Back Translation)
  • Tagbanwa: “However if you do marry, you have not sinned. Like that also with the woman you are-arranged-to-marry, if she lets herself be married by you that is not her sin. But more are the difficulties and worries/concerns of those who are married. If only you weren’t married, your concerns and hardships in your life wouldn’t increase.” (Source: Tagbanwa Back Translation)
  • Tenango Otomi: “But if one should marry, it is not then a sinful thing he does. The girl who gets married, likewise does not do a sinful thing. The thing is, the people who marry do not lack for troubles which unmarried people do not have. I tell you this word because I do not want that you meet up with the troubles which married people have.” (Source: Tenango Otomi Back Translation)