complete verse (1 John 4:1)

Following are a number of back-translations of 1 John 4:1:

  • Uma: “Relatives whom I love! Don’t immediately believe all people who say they have the Spirit of God. Discern first, if they are really from God or not. For many lying prophets are going-around everywhere/all-over.” (Source: Uma Back Translation)
  • Yakan: “My beloved friends, don’t immediately believe if there are people saying that God’s Spirit is with them. You should first observe/take-notice-of their teachings so that you know if God’s Spirit is truly with them or not. Because many people have already appeared in all the countries of the world who pretend that they are prophets.” (Source: Yakan Back Translation)
  • Western Bukidnon Manobo: “My beloved brothers, do not quickly believe a person who says he is inspired by the Holy Spirit. Test him first so that you might know whether the one who inspires him comes from God or not. The reason I say this is because there are now many who teach lies who have appeared here on the earth, and they are inspired by lying spirits.” (Source: Western Bukidnon Manobo Back Translation)
  • Kankanaey: “You who are my friends, don’t be-believing all who say that they are God’s spokesmen, but rather carefully verify whether it is true that what they are saying is from God, because there are many liars who say that they are God’s spokesmen who have come-out (i.e., appeared) in the collective-towns/countries in this world.” (Source: Kankanaey Back Translation)
  • Tagbanwa: “My dear ones, don’t too-quickly/lightly believe the one who says, ‘As for this word of mine, it comes from the Espiritu santo, because he put it in my mind.’ It’s necessary that you first observe and ascertain-whether-it’s-true, so that you can be sure that what he said truly comes from God. Because now, many now are-claiming-falsely-to-be-prophets who are teaching people here under the heavens.” (Source: Tagbanwa Back Translation)
  • Tenango Otomi: “Listen, my dear brethren, don’t just believe every person who says that the Holy Spirit has put in his mind the word which he speaks. First make a judgment on the words he speaks in order that you know whether it is truly God’s word he speaks or not. Because many lying prophets are going all about.” (Source: Tenango Otomi Back Translation)