complete verse (1 John 1:9)

Following are a number of back-translations of 1 John 1:9:

  • Uma: “If we confess/admit our sin(s), God will fulfill his promise to us, and he will do what is upright: he will forgive our sin(s) and clean us from all our wrongs.” (Source: Uma Back Translation)
  • Yakan: “But if we (dual) confess/say-it’s-true our (dual) sins to God, he forgives our (dual) sins, and he cleanses our (dual) livers from all bad we (dual) do/did. Because this is what God promised and his doing is straight/righteous.” (Source: Yakan Back Translation)
  • Western Bukidnon Manobo: “If we admit our sins to God, it is not possible that He will not forgive us, for He is righteous and faithful to His promise. He will cleanse us from all our behaviour which is not righteous.” (Source: Western Bukidnon Manobo Back Translation)
  • Kankanaey: “But if we confess/admit to God our sins, he will forgive these sins and he will cleanse (gen. word for clean) us from all that is filthy (applied to moral as well as physical filth). He can be trusted to do that and it is moreover correct/proper if that is what he does.” (Source: Kankanaey Back Translation)
  • Tagbanwa: “But if we admit our sins to God, we may be sure that he will forgive us for these, and he will cleanse us from all our evil, because he is wholly truth and really righteous/straight.” (Source: Tagbanwa Back Translation)
  • Tenango Otomi: “But if we tell God that we have sins, then he will forgive our sins and acquit us from all the evil we have. Because God will do what is proper for him to do, he will forgive us just as he said he would.” (Source: Tenango Otomi Back Translation)
  • Yatzachi Zapotec: “If we confess before God the evil which we are doing, he will forgive our guilt and blot out all the evil we are doing, because he completes (does) what he says and he walks straight (is righteous).”
  • Eastern Highland Otomi: But if we tell our sins, God is right, when he forgives us, because Christ paid (for them). And he will clean us of all evil. And in that way God will fulfill what he said.”
  • Tzotzil: “God is straight-hearted therefore if plainly we tell him our sins he loses (pardons) our sins for us. He continually washes out all the evil of our hearts. Because it comes to pass that thus he has told us.” (Source for this and two above: John Beekman in Notes on Translation 12, November 1964, p. 1ff.)