complete verse (James 3:8)

Following are a number of back-translations of James 3:8:

  • Uma: “But there is no person who can tame mankind’s tongue! Mankind’s tongue is very evil, and it cannot be controlled. The words that we utter with our tongue are like poison that kills!” (Source: Uma Back Translation)
  • Yakan: “But as for the tongue, nobody can rule over it. The tongue is evil and does not stay/rest, it is like full of poison that kills.” (Source: Yakan Back Translation)
  • Western Bukidnon Manobo: “But there has never been a person who could control his tongue. Our tongues are very wicked and they cannot be controlled. It is like poison for it destroys.” (Source: Western Bukidnon Manobo Back Translation)
  • Kankanaey: “But there has definitely not yet been a person who is able-to-control/restrain his tongue, because the tongue, it’s as if it is full of poison. It is continually prepared to speak evil.” (Source: Kankanaey Back Translation)
  • Tagbanwa: “But as for our tongue, there hasn’t yet been a person who can control his tongue. As for this tongue, its evil goes on and on. We might say it is deadly for it is venomous.” (Source: Tagbanwa Back Translation)
  • Tenango Otomi: “But concerning the person’s tongue, no one comes forth who can control it. Because it is an evil thing that cannot be controlled. The snake bites a person, and the person dies. Like this are our tongues, they speak words which contain poison.” (Source: Tenango Otomi Back Translation)