complete verse (Colossians 3:22)

Following are a number of back-translations of Colossians 3:22:

  • Uma: “Relatives who live-as-slaves, follow all the commands of your nobleman in this world. Don’t follow their commands only when they can see you because you just want to be praised. Follow their commands from the whiteness of your hearts [i.e., sincerely, on your own initiative], like you submit to the Lord.” (Source: Uma Back Translation)
  • Yakan: “You servants/slaves, you ought to follow/obey all commands of your master here on earth, not only when they are there watching so-that they praise you. But you ought to obey them wholeheartedly (lit. your liver entirely) because you fear God.” (Source: Yakan Back Translation)
  • Western Bukidnon Manobo: “And as for your servants, always obey the commands of your masters at all times and not only when he is watching you, and let’s not have as the only reason for obeying him so that his attitude toward you will be good, but rather it’s necessary that the reason why you do your work well is because of your great respect for our Lord.” (Source: Western Bukidnon Manobo Back Translation)
  • Kankanaey: “You slaves, obey all that your masters on this earth tell you. And it’s not only when they are watching that you should do-your work -carefully/thoroughly so that that will make-them -happy with you, but rather the way you obey them should be from-the-heart because of your respect for the Lord.” (Source: Kankanaey Back Translation)
  • Tagbanwa: “You slaves also, it is necessary that you obey well all the tasks given to you by your masters here in the world. Don’t though just industriously-work-at your obeying when (you) are being watched by your master in order that he will be pleased with you. What’s good is, obey them with a happy mind/inner-being through the big-size of your respect for God.” (Source: Tagbanwa Back Translation)
  • Tenango Otomi: “Listen you workers, do all that your bosses order you to do. Don’t do just like other people do who only work well when the boss is watching in order for to be look well upon. Because you revere God, in all your work, do it with all your hearts.” (Source: Tenango Otomi Back Translation)