complete verse (Hebrews 13:9)

Following are a number of back-translations of Hebrews 13:9:

  • Uma: “Don’t you follow teachings that lead-astray and that are different from our faith, like for instance customs about food. As for the Yahudi people’s religion, they follow(ed) many customs about food, but those customs don’t bring goodness [salvation] to the people who follow them. It is better we strengthen our hearts considering the whiteness of God’s insides [God’s grace], for that [emphatic] is what brings goodness [salvation] to us.” (Source: Uma Back Translation)
  • Yakan: “Don’t be willing to follow all kinds of teachings that are different from Almasi’s teaching so that you will not go astray from the true path. There is nothing else that causes your trust in God to be strong than God’s love and mercy for you, not because you follow laws about eating. For those who follow these laws were not helped by the law.” (Source: Yakan Back Translation)
  • Western Bukidnon Manobo: “Therefore, don’t you believe in other doctrines which are not the true doctrine which was taught to you. The true thing which will strengthen our (incl.) faith is God’s help to us and not avoiding foods that are forbidden by the Law because this cannot help people who observe it.” (Source: Western Bukidnon Manobo Back Translation)
  • Kankanaey: “So don’t get-led-astray by whatever different/strange teachings. Because that which strengthens our minds is God’s grace, not our following instructions concerning food. Those who have followed instructions like those have absolutely not been helped thereby.” (Source: Kankanaey Back Translation)
  • Tagbanwa: “Therefore don’t be misled by the many-many teachings which go-far from the way of truth. It’s good if we are always strengthening our believing in/from God’s grace/mercy, not in/from our obeying of laws about food. No-one has gained anything by their obeying those.” (Source: Tagbanwa Back Translation)
  • Tenango Otomi: “Therefore do not be deceived so you follow whatever teaching is not the same as the word you now believe in. Take the grace of God which he gives you, it will make strong your faith. Do not be deceived by the people who select what they eat, because the avoiding of certain foods will not make strong your faith.” (Source: Tenango Otomi Back Translation)