complete verse (Hebrews 12:18)

Following are a number of back-translations of Hebrews 12:18:

  • Uma: “Long ago God spoke to the Yahudi people from Sinai Mountain. That mountain was an ordinary mountain that we can touch. When they faced it, they saw flaming fire, smoke, dark clouds and a big wind.” (Source: Uma Back Translation)
  • Yakan: “You now when you come-close-to/approach God, you are not like the ancestors of the tribe of Isra’il of old. For they saw what they came-close-to/approached. When they came to the edge of the mountain Turusina in old times they saw the mountain flaming with fire and it was dark in the country/place and the wind was strong.” (Source: Yakan Back Translation)
  • Western Bukidnon Manobo: “The way to come near to God, which was taught to us (incl.) is not like the way of the ancestors long ago of Israel. Because the thing they got near to was that which they could see, because it was there to the mountains of Sinai which was burning with flame. It was dark there because of the dark cloud and the wind was blowing very strongly.” (Source: Western Bukidnon Manobo Back Translation)
  • Kankanaey: “Therefore my brothers, let us persevere in believing, because God’s new agreement-that-he -presented to us is far better than the first agreement-that-he -presented our ancestors back then. Because our approaching God, it was not like our ancestors. Because as for them, they approached what they could-see which was the mountain Sinai which was flaming. They experienced the extreme darkness and the swift wind.” (Source: Kankanaey Back Translation)
  • Tagbanwa: “Just like I said, put all sin far away from you now because, this way/trail of ours by which we can come into God’s presence, it’s not like the way/trail of the Israelita in the past, in which there was something their eyes could see and their ears could hear. For when they were at the Mountain of Sinai there was a very-fiercely burning fire, extreme darkness, and force of wind which was like a typhoon.” (Source: Tagbanwa Back Translation)
  • Tenango Otomi: “Listen, my brothers, this agreement which God made with us to walk by is new, it isn’t like the old agreement the Jews were given to walk by. These Jews, when they were given the old agreement, went to that mountain here on earth where God spoke from. And there they saw fire flashing. And they saw the deep darkness. And they saw the terrible storm.” (Source: Tenango Otomi Back Translation)