complete verse (1 John 3:8)

Following are a number of back-translations of 1 John 3:8:

  • Uma: “People who do sin always, they are-children of the King of Evil-ones. For the King of Evil-ones, he was a sinner from the very first [emphatic]. This was the purpose of God’s Child in appearing in the world, to destroy the King of Evil-ones’ work.” (Source: Uma Back Translation)
  • Yakan: “Whoever sins constantly belongs to the leader of demons. For since the beginning of time Satan/demon sins. And the reason that God’s Son came here to the world is, so that he would destroy the doings of Satan/demon.” (Source: Yakan Back Translation)
  • Western Bukidnon Manobo: “If there is a person who always does evil, he is the subject of Satan, for Satan also is always doing evil starting from the creation of the world. That’s why the Son of God came here to the world, so that He might remove the power of the actions of Satan.” (Source: Western Bukidnon Manobo Back Translation)
  • Kankanaey: “But as for the one who continues to sin, he is joined-to Satanas who is the Diablo, because as for the Diablo he has been sinning since the very-beginning. And that is the reason the Child of God came to this earth, in order to destroy what the Diablo is doing.” (Source: Kankanaey Back Translation)
  • Tagbanwa: “But as for the one who still does sin, he still belongs to Satanas, because from long ago this Satanas has kept on sinning. That’s why the Son of God was sent down here to us, so that he would destroy this work of Satanas.” (Source: Tagbanwa Back Translation)
  • Tenango Otomi: “But those who live as sinners walk with the devil. Because the devil continues committing sin from the time he began to commit sin. Therefore the Son of God came here to spoil the work of the devil.” (Source: Tenango Otomi Back Translation)
  • Yatzachi Zapotec: “If we are accustomed to doing evil we are children of the deceiver (devil), because the deceiver is an evil doer since the beginning. And the Son of God came to destroy what the deceiver is doing.”
  • Eastern Highland Otomi: “WBut he who habitually does evil, is a child of the devil. Because the devil originated sin at the beginning of the world and has been doing it ever since. For that reason the Son of God arrived in the world, to destroy (upset) the devil’s work.”
  • Tzotzil: “If we seek sin, we are still in the hands of the devil. Because the devil he began sin. Therefore it is his character to have nothing but sin in his heart right up to now. It was because of that that the Son of God came because he came to destroy the devil’s work.” (Source for this and two above: John Beekman in Notes on Translation 12, November 1964, p. 1ff.)