complete verse (1 Thessalonians 2:5)

Following are a number of back-translations of 1 Thessalonians 2:5:

  • Uma: “You yourselves know, relatives, we did not smooth talk you, we did not hide an evil intention, wanting to get anything from you. God himself is our witness!” (Source: Uma Back Translation)
  • Yakan: “You know that we (excl.) spoke straight to you; we (excl.) did not speak praising/flattering you so that you would give us (excl.) money or anything else. God is our (excl.) witness.” (Source: Yakan Back Translation)
  • Western Bukidnon Manobo: “You know that our words are not just flattery. What we did there among you was not in order to make money. God is the one who can testify to this.” (Source: Western Bukidnon Manobo Back Translation)
  • Kankanaey: “And God knows that we (excl.) didn’t use (lit. do) mere cajolery in our (excl.) teaching. Neither was pretense/hypocrisy our (excl.) way of teaching in order that we (excl.) might thereby-become-rich. You of-course also know that these-things are true.” (Source: Kankanaey Back Translation)
  • Tagbanwa: “God knows this and it’s also clear to you that, as for our (excl.) teaching, it includes no words which flatter people and also it isn’t just our (excl.) pretext for wanting to make money.” (Source: Tagbanwa Back Translation)
  • Tenango Otomi: “You know well that we did not search for words to praise you. And also God knows that we did not tell you the word so that we could extract money from you.” (Source: Tenango Otomi Back Translation)