complete verse (Galatians 3:3)

Following are a number of back-translations of Galatians 3:3:

  • Uma: “So, why are you so stupid! When you first believed in Yesus, you received new life from the power of the Holy Spirit. Do you think/say thus, that you can now become holy with your own ability? Certainly not!” (Source: Uma Back Translation)
  • Yakan: “You are dull/slow/dense! When you first followed Isa Almasi, God’s Spirit was the one you trusted in to help you. But now that is what you trust in your strength to follow/obey the law written by Musa in order to be considered straight by God.” (Source: Yakan Back Translation)
  • Western Bukidnon Manobo: “You must be stupid. When you first began to be Christ’s disciples, you trusted in the help of the Holy Spirit; but now you evidently think mistakenly that your discipling can be perfected by your own wisdom.” (Source: Western Bukidnon Manobo Back Translation)
  • Kankanaey: “Oh confound you (expression of exasperation/rebuke)! It’s as if you have no minds! If you began your lives as Cristiano by-means-of the power of God’s Spirit, why do you think you will turn yourselves into people who have no lacks/faults by-means-of your own ability?” (Source: Kankanaey Back Translation)
  • Tagbanwa: “If you weren’t acting so stupidly (you would realise that), if you were not able to begin except by being helped by the Espiritu Santo, how then could you bring-to-completion by doing-your-own-thing?” (Source: Tagbanwa Back Translation)
  • Tenango Otomi: “How is it that you are being senseless? You know that the Holy Spirit gave you new life. And now you think that on your own you will seek to finish well by how you live.” (Source: Tenango Otomi Back Translation)