complete verse (1 Timothy 3:2)

Following are a number of back-translations of 1 Timothy 3:2:

  • Uma: “That’s why a religion leader must be one who is above reproach [lit., not accuse-able], just have one wife, and he must know how to hold-in-check the evil desires of his heart, his heart must be clear [i.e., wise, mature], and he must have good customs [i.e., keep social rules, be polite]. He must be hospitable and diligent at teaching.” (Source: Uma Back Translation)
  • Yakan: “A person titled the leader of the ones trusting in Isa Almasi ought to be a person no one can find fault with. He ought to/must have only one wife. That person must not give-in-to his greedy-desire, his thinking/mind ought to be good and his customs (ought-to-be) good. If someone goes to his (i.e. the church leader’s) house he ought to really welcome/honor/treat-according-to-custom. He ought also to be skilled to teach (usihat) his companions.” (Source: Yakan Back Translation)
  • Western Bukidnon Manobo: “However the one who leads the believers, there must be nothing about him to blame him for. He has only one wife and he does not commit adultery against her. He must always regulate his behavior; he knows how to think properly, and he is respected. He must be one who takes care of his guests. He must also know how to teach.” (Source: Western Bukidnon Manobo Back Translation)
  • Kankanaey: “Since that is a valuable work, it is necessary that the leader be-accused-of nothing. It is also necessary that he have only-one spouse and not commit-adultery (lit. woman-with). He must be a thinking/reflective and circumspect person who is able-to-control himself. He must be hospitable and skilled to teach.” (Source: Kankanaey Back Translation)
  • Tagbanwa: “But this overseer, it’s necessary that no fault is to be found in his nature/ways, he hasn’t switched wives but has only one. And he knows how to keep-good his own conduct and controls well his own will. It’s also necessary that he has a wholly good nature/ways which can be honored/respected by others, he welcomes people well who need to stay at his house, and does indeed have ability to teach.” (Source: Tagbanwa Back Translation)
  • Tenango Otomi: “Therefore the person who has the position of leading the word must not have any word to be found against him. He must have only one wife. He must control himself. He must watch himself well. He must walk so as to be looked well upon. He must give a resting place in his home. He must know how to teach well.” (Source: Tenango Otomi Back Translation)