complete verse (James 2:17)

Following are a number of back-translations of James 2:17:

  • Uma: “So also with our faith. If we say we believe in the Lord, and our behavior doesn’t follow his will, its meaning, we just are believing dry. Faith like that is like empty-hulled rice–it has no contents.” (Source: Uma Back Translation)
  • Yakan: “Likewise a person who trusts in Isa Almasi, if he doesn’t do any good to show his trust, (then) his trust in God is not true.” (Source: Yakan Back Translation)
  • Western Bukidnon Manobo: “Just like that is the person who says that he believes, but his behaviour is not good. We can understand by that that his faith is not true.” (Source: Western Bukidnon Manobo Back Translation)
  • Kankanaey: “It’s the same also with faith. If it is merely only spoken-about and it is not shown in what we do, it has no value either.” (Source: Kankanaey Back Translation)
  • Tagbanwa: “Well like that too, believing which is just simply acknowledging as true, which includes nothing which is being done which testifies to it, that’s what is meant by dead believing.” (Source: Tagbanwa Back Translation)
  • Tenango Otomi: “Like this is the person who says that he has faith. If he doesn’t want to do any good then he isn’t truly a believer.” (Source: Tenango Otomi Back Translation)