complete verse (James 3:14)

Following are a number of back-translations of James 3:14:

  • Uma: “But if there is something in our hearts that is envious of others and that wants to put ourselves forward, let’s not make our hearts high [proud], and let’s not say that we do have clear hearts [i.e., are wise]. For our character is-in-conflict/differs with true teaching.” (Source: Uma Back Translation)
  • Yakan: “But if you put-down/criticize your companion(s) in order to make yourselves great and if that is only what you think of, yourselves and don’t think of your companions, na, really don’t boast that your thoughts are deep/that you are wise. You are simply lying and you are not following/obeying the true teaching.” (Source: Yakan Back Translation)
  • Western Bukidnon Manobo: “But if he is jealous and he holds himself high, he must not boast about his wisdom and his good works, for wisdom like that is false, and it transgresses the true doctrine.” (Source: Western Bukidnon Manobo Back Translation)
  • Kankanaey: “But if you are jealous and selfish and your own selves being made high is what is in your minds, kindly don’t (lit. even-if you don’t) boast-about your kind-of-wisdom, because if you do that, you are opposing/contradicting the truth-of-the-matter.” (Source: Kankanaey Back Translation)
  • Tagbanwa: “But if what is still dominant in your mind/inner-being is severe envy and the habit of excessively causing yourself to be dominant, then don’t say that you have understanding/wisdom, because you’re lying.” (Source: Tagbanwa Back Translation)
  • Tenango Otomi: “There is another word now. The person who is jealous, a quarreler, who hunts for ways of making people look up to him, this is a person who does not truly have wisdom.” (Source: Tenango Otomi Back Translation)