complete verse (1 John 4:17)

Following are a number of back-translations of 1 John 4:17:

  • Uma: “If we love our relatives, this is a sign that we really do love God, with the result that we are brave to face him on the judgment day. We are brave to face him, because our behavior in this world is like the behavior of Kristus.” (Source: Uma Back Translation)
  • Yakan: “Our (incl.) love to God is caused-to-be complete in order that we (incl.) will not be afraid on the day when he judges all mankind, because we (incl.) know that our (incl.) custom/behavior here in the world is like Isa’s behavior.” (Source: Yakan Back Translation)
  • Western Bukidnon Manobo: “He will draw tight our love for him here in our breaths so that we will have no fear in the future on the day when he investigates the activities of all mankind. The reason we will not be afraid is because, just like Jesus was dear in the breath of our Father God, we also are dear to Him.” (Source: Western Bukidnon Manobo Back Translation)
  • Kankanaey: “And if that is what our lives are like, our love will be added to until it has no lack/fault and we will have nothing to fear on the day that God judges people, because our behavior on this earth, it will be like the character of Cristo just the same.” (Source: Kankanaey Back Translation)
  • Tagbanwa: “Therein we can now comprehend that this valuing by us has been completed. That’s why we are not now afraid of that day of judgment. Because what more is there to fear since we are now making-ourselves-like Jesu-Cristo here in this world?” (Source: Tagbanwa Back Translation)
  • Tenango Otomi: “It is necessary that we love God with all our hearts in order that we will be afraid about nothing on the day we are judged. The Father of Jesus Christ is God. Also for us here on earth his Father, God, is also our Father.” (Source: Tenango Otomi Back Translation)
  • Yatzachi Zapotec: “We now love God as we ought to if we are constantly present loving him all the time. If we do that then we will not fear in the day of judgment because like Jesus’ head-heart is, so are our head-hearts in this world.”
  • Eastern Highland Otomi: “Now our hearts lack nothing of God’s love. So we aren’t afraid when we think of the day God will do judgment. We do not fear it because we are residing with God, just like our Lord Jesus Christ, even though still (the -same-as-before) we are living in the world.”
  • Tzotzil: “Because if we truly love thus we will not be afraid in the presence of God when comes the time that he receives our word about our sins (judges us for our sins) all of us. Because thus are our hearts while we are here in the world like his heart.” (Source for this and two above: John Beekman in Notes on Translation 12, November 1964, p. 1ff.)