complete verse (1 Timothy 6:20)

Following are a number of back-translations of 1 Timothy 6:20:

  • Uma: “Timotius, God entrusted you to carry the true teaching. So, guard well that teaching so that no-one changes it. Don’t go-along-with/be-friends-with them who carry words that have no purpose and that don’t carry us to submit to the Lord God. Don’t go-along-with/be-friends-with them who carry teachings that are different from the true teaching. They say they have knowledge, but in fact it isn’t true.” (Source: Uma Back Translation)
  • Yakan: “O Timoteo, amey-amey (strong instruction) really watch over all the teaching which has been entrusted to you. Stay away from talk and arguments that have no use and do not please God. They say it is knowledge/wisdom ko’ but it is not.” (Source: Yakan Back Translation)
  • Western Bukidnon Manobo: “As for you, Timothy, carefully obey the doctrine which was entrusted to you. Avoid people whose speaking is a transgression against God. Also avoid that wisdom which some people think is true wisdom.” (Source: Western Bukidnon Manobo Back Translation)
  • Kankanaey: “Timoteo, be-thorough/do-a-good-job in tending-to what God has entrusted you (singular). Get-far-away-from conversation that has no value/purpose in God’s estimation and the contradictory teachings that some people say/think is wisdom/intelligence, but they have made-a-mistake.” (Source: Kankanaey Back Translation)
  • Tagbanwa: “Now, I impress on you, Timoteo, that as for the truth which comes from God, which he made you responsible for teaching, stand up for it well so that it won’t be exchanged by anyone for different teaching. Put far away the pointless discussions and arguments which are only of human origin, which they regard as the sayings of the knowledgeable whereas there’s no truth to them.” (Source: Tagbanwa Back Translation)
  • Tenango Otomi: “Listen Timothy, concerning the word entrusted to you to teach the people, watch over it good so that it is that word which you teach. Don’t pay attention to the words that are made-up, without value. And for the people who say that they have much wisdom, do not pay attention to the words they speak because it is not true the words which they speak are consistent.” (Source: Tenango Otomi Back Translation)