complete verse (Galatians 4:9)

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

  • Uma: “But at this time you know God–yet actually it was God that first knew you! So, why-on-earth [rhetorical question formula connoting criticism] do you want to return to those customs and rules of the world! You are actually following customs of the Yahudi religion such as taboo days, feasting times, new moons and other big days. Those customs and rules do not bring blessing, and you will not be freed from your sins by following those laws. So, why do you want to submit all over again to customs and laws like those!” (Source: Uma Back Translation)
  • Yakan: “But now you know God already, – more yet, God already knows you, – na, why do you want to follow again the customs and teachings of old-times but/and-what’s-more there is no usefulness in them? Is it that you want to be enslaved by them again?” (Source: Yakan Back Translation)
  • Western Bukidnon Manobo: “However, now that you have chosen God which was also His choosing you, why do you want to return to those doctrines which have no value, which cannot free you from punishment? Why do you wish to be enslaved again by these things?” (Source: Western Bukidnon Manobo Back Translation)
  • Kankanaey: “But now that you have come-to-know God–I ought to say that he has come-to-know you–why are you again turning-to-face those commands that you were following which have no power to save you and give no blessing? Do you (rhet. quest. implying no) want to be-enslaved again to them?” (Source: Kankanaey Back Translation)
  • Tagbanwa: “But now, because of God’s recognition/acknowledgement of you, you are now fully recognizing/acknowledging him. Well since it’s like this now, why are you enslaving yourselves again to that way/trail which has no strength and no value?” (Source: Tagbanwa Back Translation)
  • Tenango Otomi: “Now you know God, or better, God knows you. How come now you want to leave God and again you want to obey the customs which do not have force.?” (Source: Tenango Otomi Back Translation)