complete verse (Hebrews 11:12)

Following are a number of back-translations of Hebrews 11:12:

  • Uma: “At that time, Abraham’s body was like it was dead for he was old. But even so, because he had faith, from this Abraham appeared many descendants, whose amount cannot be counted, like the number of stars in the sky, and like the number of sand [grains] on the edge of the sea.” (Source: Uma Back Translation)
  • Yakan: “And Ibrahim was already really old, his wife could no longer have a child by him. But because he believed God’s promise his descendants became really many like the stars in the sky and the sands at the seashore which cannot be counted because of their multitude.” (Source: Yakan Back Translation)
  • Western Bukidnon Manobo: “And as for her husband Abraham, who was very old also, and it was no longer possible that his wife might become pregnant by means of him, however he had a child just the same and he became the ancestor of very many people. They were like the sands on the sea and the stars in the sky because they could not be counted.” (Source: Western Bukidnon Manobo Back Translation)
  • Kankanaey: “So even though Abraham ought not to have been able-to-sire-descendants because he was already an-old-man, the descendants of this one person multiplied nonetheless like the manyness of the number of the stars or the not countable sand/gravel at the edge of the ocean.” (Source: Kankanaey Back Translation)
  • Tagbanwa: “That’s why even though this Abraham was only one (person), and you could say he was (as good as) dead already because of his old-age, however he is the origin of descendants that could not be counted, which are like the large-number of the stars in heaven/sky and just-like the sand on the beach.” (Source: Tagbanwa Back Translation)
  • Tenango Otomi: “Abraham was also an old person already passed the time for having children. Yet nevertheless his son was born. This one multiplied, there were very many descendants who lived. The number of them is like the stars above or like the sand on the edge of the sea, it isn’t possible to count how many.” (Source: Tenango Otomi Back Translation)