complete verse (2 Corinthians 3:6)

Following are a number of back-translations of 2 Corinthians 3:6:

  • Uma: “He gives us (excl.) ability to be his workers, who take his new Promise to mankind. That new Promise is not merely written laws. That new Promise is that he gives us (inc) new life from the Holy Spirit. For if we want to be straight in God’s sight just by our following of written laws, we will certainly get death. But if we follow God from the power of the Holy Spirit, we will get good life forever.” (Source: Uma Back Translation)
  • Yakan: “He is the one who gave us expertise so that we could promote his new covenant. What God gave to mankind now is not a written law but his Spirit. The written law carries/brings death because mankind cannot follow it. But God’s Spirit carries/brings life without end.” (Source: Yakan Back Translation)
  • Western Bukidnon Manobo: “For He is the one who gives us wisdom so that we might teach the new way which He established for His becoming one with mankind. And this new way was not given by means of the written Law, but rather it was given to us (incl.) by means of the Holy Spirit. For if the thing that we are depending on is our keeping the Law, then death without end is what we can expect. However, if the Holy Spirit is given to us (incl.), then a life without end is what we can expect.” (Source: Western Bukidnon Manobo Back Translation)
  • Kankanaey: “Because he is the one who made-sufficient our (excl.) ability to teach concerning the new agreement-that-he-proposed to people. This new agreement, it is not like the written law of Moses, but rather it is based on the work of God’s Spirit. Because the result of the written law, it is punishment that has no end, but God’s Spirit by-contrast, he gives life that has no end.” (Source: Kankanaey Back Translation)
  • Tagbanwa: “God is the one who raised us (excl.) up as teachers of his new initiated-agreement with people. This new initiated-agreement, it is not like God’s written laws which, with reference to doing, the people were indeed obeying but, with reference to the mind/inner-being, they were far from his will. Really if it’s like that, death which is punishment which has no end is the outcome. But if our following/obeying of God’s will is true/genuine, in that it’s not just in work/doing but rather really from their mind/inner-being which is concentrated, the outcome will be life without end.” (Source: Tagbanwa Back Translation)
  • Tenango Otomi: “God it is who caused that I am able to tell the people of the new agreement which God made with people. This new agreement does not have written a lot of laws which it says the people must walk by. Rather the new agreement says that only the Holy Spirit is able to give new life to the people. Concerning the person who says that he will do all the words written in the law, it is punishment he meets up with because he has sin. But the Holy Spirit is the one who gives new life.” (Source: Tenango Otomi Back Translation)