complete verse (1 Timothy 4:8)

Following are a number of back-translations of 1 Timothy 4:8:

  • Uma: “For if we strengthen our physical bodies, it has just a little value. But if we strengthen our hearts to submit to God, it has much value, for our submitting to God brings blessings to our life at this time and to our life in the future too.” (Source: Uma Back Translation)
  • Yakan: “If we (dual) cause our (dual) body to be strong, there is use to it but indeed little. But if what we (dual) cause to be strong is our (dual) trust in God so that we (dual) can obey the will/desire of God, na, there is really much-use in it. This carries us (dual) to good not only here in the world but including in the afterworld.” (Source: Yakan Back Translation)
  • Western Bukidnon Manobo: “There is a little value in training the body, however the value of fulfilling what God wants is very great, for it is what improves our situation even now and especially in the future when we are already in heaven.” (Source: Western Bukidnon Manobo Back Translation)
  • Kankanaey: “Because if we toughen our bodies, granted there is a little purpose/use to it, but if however we accustom our minds to follow a holy way-of-life, there is no limit to our benefit, because we will gain new life that comes-from God, not only now/today but rather in a future day as-well.” (Source: Kankanaey Back Translation)
  • Tagbanwa: “Admittedly there is indeed gain in strengthening the body. But really much more is gained by strengthening one’s following/obeying of the will of God. Because the outcome of it is, far-from-ordinary life which was promised will be ours while we are here still under the heavens and when we are now there in heaven.” (Source: Tagbanwa Back Translation)
  • Tenango Otomi: “Because the people who exercise their bodies become stronger because of the exercise. But much better it is when the person strengthens his faith. Because concerning our faith, not only for the present time do we encounter God’s blessing but also the days to come.” (Source: Tenango Otomi Back Translation)