complete verse (1 John 4:19)

Following are a number of back-translations of 1 John 4:19:

  • Uma: “We are loving, because God is the one who first loved us.” (Source: Uma Back Translation)
  • Yakan: “We (incl.) love because God first loved us (incl.).” (Source: Yakan Back Translation)
  • Western Bukidnon Manobo: “The reason that He is now very dear in our breath is because we were first dear in His breath.” (Source: Western Bukidnon Manobo Back Translation)
  • Kankanaey: “We love because God went-ahead to love us (i.e. loved us first).” (Source: Kankanaey Back Translation)
  • Tagbanwa: “The truth is, we now ourselves hold dear and value because we are already being held dear and valued by God.” (Source: Tagbanwa Back Translation)
  • Tenango Otomi: “We love God now, because we have now understood that it was he who loved us first.” (Source: Tenango Otomi Back Translation)
  • Yatzachi Zapotec: “We love God because he first began to love us.”
  • Eastern Highland Otomi: “We love (esteem) God because first God loved us.”
  • Tzotzil: “First God loved us therefore we love God now.” (Source for this and two above: John Beekman in Notes on Translation 12, November 1964, p. 1ff.)