complete verse (1 Corinthians 9:25)

Following are a number of back-translations of 1 Corinthians 9:25:

  • Uma: “People who compete, they have many kinds of taboos [i.e., things they won’t do/eat] and they endure all kinds of things, because they really want to get the prize. That prize, it’s a flower [i.e., any decorative plant] that will just wilt in a while. But we, we endure all kinds of things because we desire to get a prize that will last forever.” (Source: Uma Back Translation)
  • Yakan: “The people who want to join in the race, train/practice first and do no longer indulge their desires. They do this in order to win and to be honored. For honoring them they are given a wreath made of leaves and it does not last long. But we (incl.) the ones trusting in Isa Almasi, we (incl.) will be honored, and the good/blessing given to us (incl.) will last forever. That’s why we (incl.) don’t indulge our (incl.) desires.” (Source: Yakan Back Translation)
  • Western Bukidnon Manobo: “And as for the one who’s going to race, he works hard so that his body might be trained. The reason he does this is so that he might receive a reward whose value is soon gone. But as for us believers, we work hard also in following our Lord so that we might receive the reward whose value can never be removed forever.” (Source: Western Bukidnon Manobo Back Translation)
  • Kankanaey: “All who join-in-competing, they thoroughly control and toughen (lit. make-firm) their bodies. And as for them, they do that so they will be able-to-gain a reward that doesn’t last, but we by-contrast, we do it in order to gain a reward that has no end.” (Source: Kankanaey Back Translation)
  • Tagbanwa: “Like that too, as for the contestants, their discipline of themselves in everything is very strict so that they will win. But as for the prize that they receive, it’s just foliage made into a circle that soon withers. But as for the prize that we are assured of, it has no ending. Therefore let us not play-at our serving of the Lord, but rather strive-hard-at-it.” (Source: Tagbanwa Back Translation)
  • Tenango Otomi: “All those who seek to win in a sport do not want to miss any hardening in order to win. They earnestly endeavor to win a crown, one made from only leaves. It doesn’t last many days. But as for us, we endeavor to do what God orders us in order that we be given his blessing, that which will never pass away.” (Source: Tenango Otomi Back Translation)