complete verse (2 Corinthians 13:10)

Following are a number of back-translations of 2 Corinthians 13:10:

  • Uma: “That is why I have written this letter while I was still far, so that when I do arrive, I won’t be harsh any more with the authority that the Lord gave me. For he gave me this authority to strengthen your faith, not to destroy your faith.” (Source: Uma Back Translation)
  • Yakan: “The reason why I write to you about this while I have not come there yet, is, so that you cause your doings to be good so that when I arrive there, I don’t have to show my authority to punish you. I have been given authority by Almasi not so that I could destroy your trust but so that I could help you so that your trust becomes strong.” (Source: Yakan Back Translation)
  • Western Bukidnon Manobo: “The reason I’m writing to you while I’m still here far away is that so when I arrive there it will not be necessary for me to use my authority as an apostle to punish. And God has given me this authority; he has not given me this authority so that your fellowship as believers might be destroyed, but rather so that your fellowship may be strengthened.” (Source: Western Bukidnon Manobo Back Translation)
  • Kankanaey: “Therefore I have written these-things while I am still here so that I will not koma need to show my authority that the Lord gave me by punishing you. Because the proper use of this authority of mine is that I strengthen your faith not that I ruin it.” (Source: Kankanaey Back Translation)
  • Tagbanwa: “That is why I am writing these things, not yet being with you, so that, when I arrive, it will no longer be necessary to speak severely (lit. heavily) using the authority that the Lord gave me, authority which is for-your -firm-establishing, not as-might-be-said for your destruction.” (Source: Tagbanwa Back Translation)
  • Tenango Otomi: “Before I go there to greet you I am writing this letter to send you then. This letter speaks strongly to you when I am there. This work which God gave me is what I am doing. I am hunting for how to strengthen your faith. It is not that I am hunting for how to throw you to the ground.” (Source: Tenango Otomi Back Translation)