complete verse (1 Timothy 3:7)

Following are a number of back-translations of 1 Timothy 3:7:

  • Uma: “Thus also, a religion leader must be one who is above reproach [lit., not accuse-able] in the sight of people who are not Kristen people. For if he is not like that, he will be criticized, with the result that the King of Evil-ones will tempt him and cause-him-to-fall.” (Source: Uma Back Translation)
  • Yakan: “But a person who is titled leader he ought to be a person respected/honored even by people who do not follow Isa Almasi because if there is something they can find fault within him and-then they speak (evil) against him perhaps he will be tempted to do evil and that is what the leader of demons wants.” (Source: Yakan Back Translation)
  • Western Bukidnon Manobo: “His behavior must always be good so that the people who are not believers in Christ may respect him, for if they don’t, they might gossip about him and he will be trapped by Satan.” (Source: Western Bukidnon Manobo Back Translation)
  • Kankanaey: “It is also necessary that his behavior be good in the perception of non believers lest they criticize him and that’s how-he-is-caught in the snare of the Devil.” (Source: Kankanaey Back Translation)
  • Tagbanwa: “And it’s also necessary that he is respected and spoken-well-of even by people who haven’t believed. For as long as his nature/ways are not good, he will be criticized/ridiculed by others and he may be defeated by Satanas.” (Source: Tagbanwa Back Translation)
  • Tenango Otomi: “It is necessary for him to talk well in order that the people who are not believers will look well upon him. Then the people will not be able to say that he is walking incorrectly. Because the devil is seeking how to spoil the word of the preacher.” (Source: Tenango Otomi Back Translation)