complete verse (1 Timothy 3:10)

Following are a number of back-translations of 1 Timothy 3:10:

  • Uma: “If there are people who want to be helpers in the Lord’s work, test their character first, and if they are above reproach [lit., not accuse-able], only then can they be appointed to do that work.” (Source: Uma Back Translation)
  • Yakan: “And before they are titled to help the leader in the prayer-house their custom ought to be observed first. If it is observed that their custom is really good they can be titled to help the leader.” (Source: Yakan Back Translation)
  • Western Bukidnon Manobo: “If there is a person whom you choose as deacon, his behavior must be investigated first. Then if there is no bad behavior of his that you know about, he may be chosen as a deacon.” (Source: Western Bukidnon Manobo Back Translation)
  • Kankanaey: “Those whom you choose to be-helping, they must first be verified/confirmed so that if no sin of their becomes-known, then it-can-be that they will serve.” (Source: Kankanaey Back Translation)
  • Tagbanwa: “Therefore make sure first of their nature/ways. And then provided nothing can be observed in their nature/ways which would make them unacceptable, well they will be acceptable to hold the responsibility/job of helper to the overseer.” (Source: Tagbanwa Back Translation)
  • Tenango Otomi: “These men must first have the way they walk be seen. Then if no evil is found they can receive the position to help at the church.” (Source: Tenango Otomi Back Translation)