complete verse (Hebrews 6:13)

Following are a number of back-translations of Hebrews 6:13:

  • Uma: “When God said his promise to Abraham, he strengthened his promise by swearing, he said: ‘Really-really I say that I will fulfill what I am promising to you: I bless you with a big blessing, and I make you have many descendants.’ There is nothing greater than God, so he swore naming himself.” (Source: Uma Back Translation)
  • Yakan: “Ibrahim of old, God had promised something to him and God swore that he would fulfill that promise. That is what he swore by his own name, because there is no other name that is greater than his name.” (Source: Yakan Back Translation)
  • Western Bukidnon Manobo: “Consider Abraham: at the time when God made promise to him, as for God, there was no other name that He used to strengthen His promise but He only used His own name because there was no higher than His.” (Source: Western Bukidnon Manobo Back Translation)
  • Kankanaey: “Let’s consider Abraham, because there is also that which God promised him, and he swore that he would fulfill what he promised. Since there was no one higher/greater than he, it was none-other-than his own self that he swore by.” (Source: Kankanaey Back Translation)
  • Tagbanwa: “Remember God’s promise to Abraham. In that promise he also vowed in his own name. For just who else would he mention who is important who could surpass him, if it isn’t that there’s none?” (Source: Tagbanwa Back Translation)
  • Tenango Otomi: “When people say that it is true what they are saying, they call upon God to be their witness. When a person has called on God to be his witness, then his friend with whom he is talking cannot say that it is not true in what he said. But God promised a word to Abraham and since no one is greater than God, therefore he used his own name, telling Abraham it is God’s own word that which was said. He said to him: ‘It is true what I say to you, overflowingly I will bless you. I will cause that very much will increase your children,’ he said. But Abraham did not get anxious concerning the word God spoke. Rather he waited, waited until there came the day when it happened according to the word God promised would happen.” (Source: Tenango Otomi Back Translation)