complete verse (Ephesians 4:9)

Following are a number of back-translations of Ephesians 4:9:

  • Uma: “What do these words mean? If he ascended going to the high place, certainly he had already descended to the low place, that means to this world.” (Source: Uma Back Translation)
  • Yakan: “Na, when it says that he was lifted up, that means that he first came down here to the earth.” (Source: Yakan Back Translation)
  • Western Bukidnon Manobo: “And by means of this which says that He was raised up, we understand the word of God that He beforehand came down to earth.” (Source: Western Bukidnon Manobo Back Translation)
  • Kankanaey: “What then does it mean to say when it says that he returned to heaven? It means to say that he descended first from heaven down-to the lowest part of the world.” (Source: Kankanaey Back Translation)
  • Tagbanwa: “Well because it said there that he returned-home to the highest-place, does that not mean that he first came here to this world?” (Source: Tagbanwa Back Translation)
  • Tenango Otomi: “What is meant by the word which says he went to heaven? It means that Christ arrived here to earth and then returned, going to heaven.” (Source: Tenango Otomi Back Translation)