complete verse (James 3:15)

Following are a number of back-translations of James 3:15:

  • Uma: “Clearness of hearts that is like that is not [emphatic] from the Lord. That is from this world, from the desires of our hearts, and from demons!” (Source: Uma Back Translation)
  • Yakan: “The knowledge/wisdom from God is not like that. That is knowledge/wisdom from the world only, from the thinking/thoughts of mankind and from demons.” (Source: Yakan Back Translation)
  • Western Bukidnon Manobo: “That is not the wisdom which comes from God, rather it just comes from here on the earth. That is not the wisdom which the Holy Spirit gives, rather it comes from demons.” (Source: Western Bukidnon Manobo Back Translation)
  • Kankanaey: “The kind-of-wisdom that is like that, it is not God in heaven who is its source, because it is not godly but rather it is worldly (mai…an + root for world) and demon-influenced.” (Source: Kankanaey Back Translation)
  • Tagbanwa: “For as long as like that is in your mind/inner-being, that understanding/wisdom you talk about doesn’t come from God, but on the contrary is only the perception of man. It isn’t the gift of the Espiritu Santo, but rather Satanas is whom it comes from.” (Source: Tagbanwa Back Translation)
  • Tenango Otomi: “The word which a person like this knows, is not truly one that God put in his mind to speak. It is a word the people here on this earth know. This word is like the devil’s though.” (Source: Tenango Otomi Back Translation)