complete verse (2 Timothy 4:4)

Following are a number of back-translations of 2 Timothy 4:4:

  • Uma: “They will pretend-to-be-deaf / make-themselves-deaf when they hear true teaching, and they will set/cock their ears [i.e., be attentive] when they hear teaching that is just made up.” (Source: Uma Back Translation)
  • Yakan: “They will not listen when the true teaching is taught to them. What they heed are the legends/stories made-up by people only.” (Source: Yakan Back Translation)
  • Western Bukidnon Manobo: “They will not listen to the truth, rather, what they will believe is false histories.” (Source: Western Bukidnon Manobo Back Translation)
  • Kankanaey: “Therefore they will turn-a-deaf-ear-to (object focus of deaf) the true teaching while at the same time they follow the not true tales of people long ago.” (Source: Kankanaey Back Translation)
  • Tagbanwa: “That next is what they really like best to hear, folk stories that aren’t true. They will deafen their ears to the teaching of what really is the truth.” (Source: Tagbanwa Back Translation)
  • Tenango Otomi: “Because the people will not want to hear the word which is true. Rather they listen only to the word made up by the lying teachers.” (Source: Tenango Otomi Back Translation)