complete verse (Colossians 2:18)

Following are a number of back-translations of Colossians 2:18:

  • Uma: “So, if there are people who criticize you because you do not follow their teachings, don’t pay attention to them. Those people say they have knowledge, for some of them have seen visions. They say God will not receive you if you do not make yourself humble [make-low your hearts] and worship angels. Don’t you let those people criticize-you. They are proud [their hearts are high] with no basis [lit., seat], for their teaching comes from their own hearts that think only of this world.” (Source: Uma Back Translation)
  • Yakan: “Don’t be willing-to/let yourself be looked down on/be despised by the people who boast that they are the ones who know because they say that they have had a vision. They are-happy/like to pretend as if their livers are low and they teach that we (incl.) must/ought-to worship angels. This teaching of theirs is foolish/causes foolishness because it is from their minds only and for their boasting only.” (Source: Yakan Back Translation)
  • Western Bukidnon Manobo: “There are also some people who say that they are very great, because there are, they say, miracles that have been shown to them and because they are not proud. They teach that it’s necessary that we worship angels of God in Heaven. Brothers, don’t you pay any attention to their criticism of you, for people like that are just looking for praise, but there is no real reason for them to seek praise because the thing which controls their minds is their evil desires.” (Source: Western Bukidnon Manobo Back Translation)
  • Kankanaey: “Don’t moreover obey/believe those who look-down-on you who insist that you humble (lit. lower) yourselves to obey their taboos and to join in their worshipping of angels. These people, they say/think that they have been shown what are like dreams which is the basis-of-their -superiority (lit. where-they -are-set-apart), but that proudness (lit. raising) of their minds, there is no proper basis for it, because it only comes-from their worldly (RL nailobongan) minds.” (Source: Kankanaey Back Translation)
  • Tagbanwa: “Don’t go along with the people who say that you won’t be saved because you for your part don’t worship angels and you are not humble like they reportedly are. They are saying that they are superior to you because many reportedly are the things that they are like dreaming. But there’s no truth (to it), they are just praise-seeking because they are still being supervised by their congenital mind/inner-being which is sinful.” (Source: Tagbanwa Back Translation)
  • Tenango Otomi: “Don’t believe them when they tell you that you commit sin when you do not worship God’s angels as they themselves do. These are the people who say that they have wisdom, saying that they see things which no one else has seen. But it is apparent that these people are boastful, saying that they only have knowledge. But these are people who have nothing valuable in what they say.” (Source: Tenango Otomi Back Translation)