complete verse (1 Timothy 1:13)

Following are a number of back-translations of 1 Timothy 1:13:

  • Uma: “Formerly I disparaged Yesus, I was really all-out to persecute his followers. But even so, he loved me, for at that time I did not yet believe in him, so I didn’t know the meaning/use of what I was doing.” (Source: Uma Back Translation)
  • Yakan: “Isa Almasi commissioned me even though formerly I spoke evil of him, and his followers were also persecuted by me and shamed by me. But I was pitied by him even though like that was my doing because I had not yet trusted in him therefore I didn’t know that those deeds of mine were bad/evil.” (Source: Yakan Back Translation)
  • Western Bukidnon Manobo: “A long time ago my words concerning Him were bad; I tormented His disciples and I spoke in rejection of Him. But in spite of that, He pities me for I carried out my evil doings because of the fact that I did not yet know the true doctrine, and I did not yet believe in Him.” (Source: Western Bukidnon Manobo Back Translation)
  • Kankanaey: “He did that even though previously, I was-speaking-evil-about him and at-the-same-time hardshipping and insulting (him). But God had-mercy-on me anyway, because previously I had not yet believed so I didn’t know that what I was doing was bad.” (Source: Kankanaey Back Translation)
  • Tagbanwa: “In the past, my insulting/belittling him was really far-from-ordinary, I was insolent to those who believed in him, and I persecuted them without pity. But although what I did was like that, the Lord indeed just showed me grace/mercy, because those things I did, I did because I had no belief in him. I didn’t realize that it was in fact against the will of God.” (Source: Tagbanwa Back Translation)
  • Tenango Otomi: “He made me his worker even though I looked on him with hate before. For I spoke evil of him and I persecuted the people who believed in him. But God was merciful to me. Because God knows that I didn’t know what I was doing when I was not yet a believer.” (Source: Tenango Otomi Back Translation)