complete verse (Hebrews 13:17)

Following are a number of back-translations of Hebrews 13:17:

  • Uma: “Follow the commands of your leaders and submit to them. For they are the ones who care for the life of your soul, and they will be the ones who will answer God’s question about [lit., from] their work. Follow their commands so that they can work gladly. If you don’t follow their commands, their hearts will be sad, and in the end you will be the ones who lose/miss-out-on blessings.” (Source: Uma Back Translation)
  • Yakan: “Really follow the teachings of your leaders among the trusters in Almasi and do what they command you. They are the ones who are watching/caring-for you so that you won’t go astray from the path towards God. The reason they do this is because there is a time when they will face God telling as to how they cared for you. If you follow their commands they are happy to teach you. But if you do not follow them, they are sad/troubled and their helping you has no (good) result.” (Source: Yakan Back Translation)
  • Western Bukidnon Manobo: “Obey the commands of your masters who are believers, and show your respects to them because they are the ones who take care of you who believe. And there will be a time in the future when God will check up to see if they have been faithful in taking care of you. If you obey their commands they will be very happy in their work. But if you do not obey, their work will be very difficult and it will happen also that this will be difficult for you.” (Source: Western Bukidnon Manobo Back Translation)
  • Kankanaey: “Obey your leaders and subject-yourselves to them, because they are taking-care-of you in your faith. They also do their work diligently, because they know they will face God to tell him what they have done. So obey them so they will be happy to fulfill their work. Because if you don’t obey them, they will be sad, and you yourselves will be the losers.” (Source: Kankanaey Back Translation)
  • Tagbanwa: “And what is also good is, submit to the ones having-oversight over you and follow/obey their directions to you. For as for them, that’s their job/responsibility, always looking after your believing/obeying so that your spirits will not be lost. They will answer to God for it if they ignore/leave-alone this job/responsibility of theirs. Well, of course if you are following/obeying them with a good following/obedience, they will then be happy in fulfilling-(their)-responsibility. But if you demoralize them (lit. make-tasteless their mind/inner-being) because you are not taking- them -seriously, that is not in fact for your benefit.” (Source: Tagbanwa Back Translation)
  • Tenango Otomi: “Concerning the men who rule in the church, do what they tell you. Respect them well because they care for your souls. They know that concerning the work they are doing, there will come the day when God will judge them. Therefore cause that they be joyful, these who care for you, do not do what causes them to be sad. Because if you do not obey what they tell you, then they cannot help you very much.” (Source: Tenango Otomi Back Translation)