complete verse (James 3:9)

Following are a number of back-translations of James 3:9:

  • Uma: “Our words we can use to praise the Lord God our Father. And we can also use them to curse our companion whom the Lord God made according to his appearance.” (Source: Uma Back Translation)
  • Yakan: “Our (dual) tongue is what we (dual) praise our (incl.) Father God with, who is our (incl.) Lord. And our (dual) tongue is what we (dual) also curse our (dual) fellow human-being with who has been created by God like his appearance/in his likeness.” (Source: Yakan Back Translation)
  • Western Bukidnon Manobo: “We use our tongues when we give thanks to our Lord and Father. And surprisingly, we also use them when we curse our companions whom God created in his image.” (Source: Western Bukidnon Manobo Back Translation)
  • Kankanaey: “That’s what we use to praise the Lord God who is our Father, but that also of course is what we use to speak-evil-of our fellows, even though God created them with their likeness being indeed also like his.” (Source: Kankanaey Back Translation)
  • Tagbanwa: “Admittedly, this tongue of ours is what we praise God our Father with. But it is also what we curse others with who like ourselves were created by God, whom he made to be indeed like himself.” (Source: Tagbanwa Back Translation)
  • Tenango Otomi: “These tongues of ours praise God our Father. Also these tongues of ours speak bad about people. And it is God who determined that they live like God lives.” (Source: Tenango Otomi Back Translation)