complete verse (1 John 4:4)

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

  • Uma: “But you, my children, you are-children of God, and you have defeated those lying prophets, for the Influence/Spirit [lit., clearness; sometimes used to refer to the Holy Spirit] that is in your hearts is more powerful than the influence/spirit that is in the hearts of those who do not believe in the Lord.” (Source: Uma Back Translation)
  • Yakan: “But, my children-grandchildren, you belong to God hep. The people who pretend to be prophets have been defeated by you because they were not able to carry-you-along/influence-you to follow their teaching. They are defeated by you because God’s Spirit in your livers is more powerful than the spirit in the people who do not follow/obey God.” (Source: Yakan Back Translation)
  • Western Bukidnon Manobo: “As for you, my children, you now belong to God, and you have overcome these false spirits, for God who lives in us (incl.) is more powerful than Satan who lives in the people here on the earth who are enemies of God.” (Source: Western Bukidnon Manobo Back Translation)
  • Kankanaey: “But as for you my children, you are God’s children, and you have defeated those liars, because (reassurance part.) they have not deceived you. For the Spirit of God who is in you is more important/powerful than Satanas who rules them who don’t believe.” (Source: Kankanaey Back Translation)
  • Tagbanwa: “As for you, who are like my children, you are now children of God. And you have now been able to have victory over those liars who claim-falsely-to-be-prophets. You have been able to have victory over them now because the Espiritu Santo who is indwelling your body is far more supernaturally-powerful, far more than that evil-one/spirit who is Satanas who is inspiring people who haven’t submitted to God.” (Source: Tagbanwa Back Translation)
  • Tenango Otomi: “Listen, my children, now you are God’s people. Therefore you have been victorious over the lying prophets. Because the Holy Spirit with whom you walk is more powerful than the devil who walks with the people here on earth.” (Source: Tenango Otomi Back Translation)
  • Yatzachi Zapotec: “My little children, we are God’s children, and we have already won out by not believing the words of those people who lie saying they speak God’s word. We have won out because God who is with us has greater authority than the deceiver who is with the people whose heads sit (who are concerned) only about what happens on this earth.”
  • Eastern Highland Otomi: “My dear children, we are God’s children. And now we have overcome the deceiver prophets, because he with whom we live is stronger than God’s enemy who rules the world.”
  • Tzotzil: “My children, we are God’s children. Therefore have been conquered by us those who think wrongly they say God’s word. Because very great power has God that is here in our hearts. No power has the devil that is there in their hearts.” (Source for this and two above: John Beekman in Notes on Translation 12, November 1964, p. 1ff.)