complete verse (1 John 3:9)

Following are a number of back-translations of 1 John 3:9:

  • Uma: “All people who are-children of God, they no longer do sins always, for they have received new life from God. They cannot do sin always, for they are-children of God.” (Source: Uma Back Translation)
  • Yakan: “Whoever is a child (lit. are children) of God, no longer sins because God’s customs are already there in their livers. And because God is already their father, they no longer sin.” (Source: Yakan Back Translation)
  • Western Bukidnon Manobo: “Anyone who has been made a son of God, he does not want to do evil for he inherently now resembles God. Since His Father is God, it is not possible that he will always be doing evil.” (Source: Western Bukidnon Manobo Back Translation)
  • Kankanaey: “So the person who truly is a child of God, he doesn’t continue to sin, because God’s mind/thoughts is what is in him. Because of God’s having given birth to him, it is not possible that he continue to sin.” (Source: Kankanaey Back Translation)
  • Tagbanwa: “Because as for whoever has been as-it-were given birth to by God, he doesn’t still continue to sin. Of course he will not deviate/do differently from this one who as-it-were gave birth to him. Well since God is now his Father, it’s not now possible/acceptable that he still keep on doing sin.” (Source: Tagbanwa Back Translation)
  • Tenango Otomi: “The children of God now do not commit sin because they have met up with the new life which God gives. Now they do not want to commit sin because they are the children of God.” (Source: Tenango Otomi Back Translation)
  • Yatzachi Zapotec: “Each one of us if we are children of God we are not evil doers, because God has renewed our head-hearts. And we cannot be evil doers any longer because we are children of God.”
  • Eastern Highland Otomi: “He who is really born anew by God, does not habitually sin. He doesn’t habitually do sin, because he has taken the nature of God. And God never wants to sin. So he can’t habitually sin because he was born anew by God.”
  • Tzotzil: “If we have been born again in the presence of God, we don’t any more seek sin because God has given us new life. We cannot seek sin because we have been born again in the presence of God.” (Source for this and two above: John Beekman in Notes on Translation 12, November 1964, p. 1ff.)