complete verse (James 4:2)

Following are a number of back-translations of James 4:2:

  • Uma: “You desire but you don’t get what you desire. And so [lit., from there] you kill. You are envious, desiring others’ things, but you don’t ever get them. And so you argue-back-and-forth and fight. You don’t ever get what you seek, because you don’t request it of the Lord.” (Source: Uma Back Translation)
  • Yakan: “You want something but you can’t get it therefore you kill. You desire/crave something but you haven’t got it, therefore you quarrel and fight. But the reason that you don’t have (it) is because you do not ask from God.” (Source: Yakan Back Translation)
  • Western Bukidnon Manobo: “There are things that you want which you cannot get, and because of that you decide to murder. There are things you are envious for, but you cannot acquire them, and because of that you quarrel and fight. The reason you cannot get what you want is because you do not ask for it from God.” (Source: Western Bukidnon Manobo Back Translation)
  • Kankanaey: “Because you want to possess something, but you aren’t able-to-get-it, so you are prepared to kill. You are also jealous but you are not able-to-enjoy/obtain it, so you quarrel and argue-together. But the reason you aren’t able-to-enjoy/obtain is that you truly don’t ask God.” (Source: Kankanaey Back Translation)
  • Tagbanwa: “There is something you very much want but you can’t get it. That’s why you get angry, wanting to kill just so that it can be yours. Your envying/coveting the things you can’t get is where fighting and quarreling begin. But well, why would you be able to get it since you don’t know to ask God for it?” (Source: Tagbanwa Back Translation)
  • Tenango Otomi: “You want something, and you cannot get it, then you murder. When you see something your neighbor has, then you are jealous. Then you begin arguing and fighting each other. But what you want is not given to you because you don’t ask God for it.” (Source: Tenango Otomi Back Translation)