complete verse (Hebrews 6:16)

Following are a number of back-translations of Hebrews 6:16:

  • Uma: “If for example people/mankind swears, he usually swears naming what is greater than he. His swearing/oath strengthens his words so that no one any longer contradicts/answers-against [him].” (Source: Uma Back Translation)
  • Yakan: “The custom of mankind is when they swear, they utter the name of God because God is greater than anything/all things. So-then all their opposing-each-other is fixed/settled.” (Source: Yakan Back Translation)
  • Western Bukidnon Manobo: “If there is a promise of just an ordinary person, the thing he uses to strengthen this promise is, he calls upon God who is greater than he is, because he wants Him to witness to his promise. And if this is what he does in a legal case, those who listen to his promise will believe what he says.” (Source: Western Bukidnon Manobo Back Translation)
  • Kankanaey: “If a person wants to make-known to his companions that what he is saying is true, he swears by someone higher/greater than himself. Because if he does that, that’s the end of their argument.” (Source: Kankanaey Back Translation)
  • Tagbanwa: “As for people, when they confirm (lit. cause-to-be-sturdy) what they are saying, they make a vow in the name of one who is higher/more-important than they, and, well, because they have now vowed, that’s the end of the discussion.” (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)