complete verse (1 John 3:20)

Following are a number of back-translations of 1 John 3:20:

  • Uma: “If our hearts are not still/quiet because we think-about our wrongs, we can make-quiet our hearts, for God know all our life, and his love to us is bigger than our hearts that accuse-us-of-wrong.” (Source: Uma Back Translation)
  • Yakan: “Even if our (dual) liver says that we (dual) have sinned, our (dual) liver is peaceful because we (dual) know that God knows more/better than our (dual) liver knows because God knows everything.” (Source: Yakan Back Translation)
  • Western Bukidnon Manobo: “even though what is in our minds is: we are worthy to be punished. The reason we are not ashamed is because the judgment of God is more to be trusted than the judgment of our minds for He knows everything.” (Source: Western Bukidnon Manobo Back Translation)
  • Kankanaey: “If that is how we love-one-another, that’s how we know that it’s true that we have been joined to God. And even if our minds accuse us, we can nonetheless cause-our minds -to-be-peaceful so that we will not be ashamed to pray to him. For we know that God’s thoughts are higher/more-important than our thoughts and he totally knows everything. He knows that we have been joined to him.” (Source: Kankanaey Back Translation)
  • Tagbanwa: “But if in our mind/inner-being we are judging ourselves, because we are aware that our valuing isn’t in fact true, it would be good for us to remember that God is much higher/more-important than we are and he knows everything, even this which is in our mind/inner-being.” (Source: Tagbanwa Back Translation)
  • Tenango Otomi: “But if we are afraid that we do not do well what the word says, nevertheless it depends on what God says, not what we say. Because God himself knows what is done.” (Source: Tenango Otomi Back Translation)
  • Yatzachi Zapotec: “we are his children, we should heed God rather than our thoughts. God knows our head-hearts, and (in his patience) he says that he has taken us as his children.”
  • Eastern Highland Otomi: “But what if our hearts fear, telling us we aren’t following the Word well. But anyway our hearts will rest in regards to God, because he has more strength, in that he knows more than our hearts. He knows everything.”
  • Tzotzil: “If we are not one-hearted in the presence of God, let us know-remember that God’s word is true. Let us know-remember also that not all is true what we think in our hearts. God knows all.” (Source for this and two above: John Beekman in Notes on Translation 12, November 1964, p. 1ff.)