complete verse (Hebrews 12:16)

Following are a number of back-translations of Hebrews 12:16:

  • Uma: “Be careful that none of you commits adultery or behaves wrongly [i.e., immorally]. Be careful that none of you has a character like Esau, for he did not [emphatic] esteem God’s blessing. The blessing of God that he would have gotten from his father, he actually sold it [emphatic] to his younger sibling, he traded it for nothing more than a serving of food/rice.” (Source: Uma Back Translation)
  • Yakan: “Likewise be careful so that none of you commit fornication-adultery and so that none of you is like Esaw who did not consider God. This Esaw, because he was the oldest child, God’s covenant/promise belonged to him. But he exchanged all that belonged to him, all that belonged to the oldest child, for one bowl of food.” (Source: Yakan Back Translation)
  • Western Bukidnon Manobo: “Be on your guard so that there is none of you whose behavior will be filthy or who turns his back upon God, because Esau was like long ago. His right as oldest son he traded for mere food.” (Source: Western Bukidnon Manobo Back Translation)
  • Kankanaey: “See to it also that none of you sleeps-with one who isn’t his spouse and that no one follows-the-example of Esau who had no thoughts for God. Because Esau, he exchanged for just one meal his right as firstborn which he would have inherited according to what God commanded.” (Source: Kankanaey Back Translation)
  • Tagbanwa: “Be careful also that there is no-one among you who behaves-immorally with one who is not his spouse. And hopefully there will be nobody at all among you who does not take seriously the things which are far-from-ordinary in the sight of God, like Esau who, as for his rights/authority as oldest-child, he exchanged it for just one plate of food.” (Source: Tagbanwa Back Translation)
  • Tenango Otomi: “Do not be fornicators. Do not do like Esau did when he was hungry and for just one meal he sold his inheritance which was due him since he was the elder son.” (Source: Tenango Otomi Back Translation)