complete verse (James 3:6)

Following are a number of back-translations of James 3:6:

  • Uma: “So also with the words that we utter with our tongues. Our words have the same evil as fire. In our bodies, it is our tongue that brings-forth all sorts of evil, more than all the other parts of our body. The words that we utter with our tongue are like fire that is from hell, that makes-evil all our life.” (Source: Uma Back Translation)
  • Yakan: “The tongue of a person can destroy hep like a fire. This our (dual) tongue is the source of every kind of evil. This one item here in our (dual) body if it speaks bad/evil already, it can destroy the thinking/mind of a person. From-the-time we (dual) are small until the day of our (dual) death just the same it is our (dual) tongue which brings evil/bad to us (dual). This is like fire from hell.” (Source: Yakan Back Translation)
  • Western Bukidnon Manobo: “And the tongue of a person is also like a fire, for it can destroy, and it is the source of every kind of evil behaviour. By means of the tongue, our whole thinking and breath can be filled with evil. It is what can torment us all of our lives; it is like fire which comes from hell.” (Source: Western Bukidnon Manobo Back Translation)
  • Kankanaey: “That also is the comparison of our tongue, because that is the part of our body that is the source of many kinds of evil which make-bad our character/reputation (lit. personhood). This evil, it is of course from Satanas, and that’s what burns as-it-were our entire lives.” (Source: Kankanaey Back Translation)
  • Tagbanwa: “Well, as for our tongue, what it’s like is a fire which has been lit by Satanas from that fire which never dies down. Really big is the evil which this tongue can come out, and our whole body can become involved in it. The truth is, our whole life can be destroyed by this tongue of ours.” (Source: Tagbanwa Back Translation)
  • Tenango Otomi: “Like this (are) our tongues, as though they were fires. They ruin a person, because our tongues speak of all the evil here in this world. Set on fire from hell is the fire they light. Because the days a person lives, he lives in suffering because of the evil words coming from the mouth of the person.” (Source: Tenango Otomi Back Translation)