complete verse (2 Peter 2:19)

Following are a number of back-translations of 2 Peter 2:19:

  • Uma: “Those teachers say: ‘If you follow our (excl.) teaching, you will be released from law, you can do whatever you want.’ But in fact it is they themselves who live like slaves, for behavior that cause the downfall of mankind control them. For if we have desires that control us, we are enslaved by those desires of ours.” (Source: Uma Back Translation)
  • Yakan: “They promise the people that if they follow them, they can do whatever they want because they have no master. But this is the truth, even they themselves are like slaves to their bad customs. For whoever is addicted to do a certain thing, he is enslaved by that which he is doing.” (Source: Yakan Back Translation)
  • Western Bukidnon Manobo: “Those teachers say that we can be saved by means of following them, for they say that any kind of behaviour is permitted to us, however, they are more deeply enslaved by activites which can destroy, for we (incl.) know that a person is a slave of anything which controls him.” (Source: Western Bukidnon Manobo Back Translation)
  • Kankanaey: “They promise that a person will be free if he follows what they teach, but the truth of it is, they themselves are enslaved by the sins which defile (lit. cause-to-be-filthy) and ruin them. Because a person, he becomes a slave of whatever/whoever defeats him.” (Source: Kankanaey Back Translation)
  • Tagbanwa: “They even promise that whoever will follow/obey their teaching, they really are now free, it now being possible/acceptable to do whatever they want to, for they are no longer slaves to the will of another. But well, as for the ones putting out that (idea), they are in fact slaves themselves to destructive/dangerous evil. Because the truth is, we people are slaves to whatever has control of us.” (Source: Tagbanwa Back Translation)
  • Tenango Otomi: “They tell the people to do whatever they want to do. But they themselves cannot depart from the evil life they live. For every person, the road he takes, he finds that he can’t leave it.” (Source: Tenango Otomi Back Translation)
  • Eastern Arrernte “They say to people, ‘You don’t have to obey God or any man,’ but they themselves continue to obey the devil. Look, the person who obeys his evil desires, for him his evil desires act as boss over him.” (Source: Carl Gross)