complete verse (James 2:20)

Following are a number of back-translations of James 2:20:

  • Uma: “We are very stupid, relatives, if we say that it is enough to just believe dry [i.e., without an appropriate response] in God while not having our good behavior. There is no point to faith that is like that.” (Source: Uma Back Translation)
  • Yakan: “How dull/stupid you (singular) are. Don’t you (singular) understand that there is no use in the trust of a person if he only believes but doesn’t have good works?” (Source: Yakan Back Translation)
  • Western Bukidnon Manobo: “A person like that really doesn’t know how to think. I will teach you that as for our faith, if it cannot be perceived by means of good works, it cannot free us from punishment.” (Source: Western Bukidnon Manobo Back Translation)
  • Kankanaey: “Oh you (singular) stupid/dense person! Must I absolutely confirm to you (singular) that faith is of no value/use if there are no good deeds as evidence of it?” (Source: Kankanaey Back Translation)
  • Tagbanwa: “Is there someone there still lacking in understanding/wisdom? Is it still necessary for me to explain that his believing really is worthless as long as there’s nothing he is doing which testifies that he belongs to the Lord?” (Source: Tagbanwa Back Translation)
  • Tenango Otomi: “You are without reason. Don’t you know that a faith which isn’t accompanied by any good means that the person doesn’t really believe?” (Source: Tenango Otomi Back Translation)