complete verse (James 4:4)

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

  • Uma: “You, you aren’t faithfully [lit., remaining] following the Lore! You know, don’t you, relatives, if we follow the evil actions in this world, we become God’s enemies? Once more I say: whoever likes evil actions in this world, he is God’s enemy.” (Source: Uma Back Translation)
  • Yakan: “You are not trustworthy! Don’t you know that if you like/are-fond-of the different-kinds of bad in this world, you are already the enemies of God? For whoever likes the bad works/deeds in this world, he is already God’s enemy.” (Source: Yakan Back Translation)
  • Western Bukidnon Manobo: “You are not faithful to your promise to God. Don’t you know that if what you want is the evil behaviour of the enemies of God here on the earth, then you also are the enemies of God? Anyone who wants evil behaviour here on the earth is an enemy of God.” (Source: Western Bukidnon Manobo Back Translation)
  • Kankanaey: “Oh confound (frustration/anger particle) you who are not trustworthy to follow God! Don’t you know that if you love what is on this earth, you are opposing God? So whoever is intentionally following the kind-of-behavior that is opposed to what God wants, he makes himself his enemy.” (Source: Kankanaey Back Translation)
  • Tagbanwa: “As for you people, you are like a married woman who is immoral, who doesn’t really value marriage, for like that is what you are doing to God. Don’t you know that as long as what you give preference to are things here in this world, you are opposing God? It’s true, whoever determines that it isn’t the will of God but rather the desires here in the world which he will give preference to, he is doing none other than getting himself secured/established as an opponent of God.” (Source: Tagbanwa Back Translation)
  • Tenango Otomi: “Why do you want to depart from God? Don’t you know that the people who do as the people who live here on earth do are the enemies of God? Therefore whoever wants to do the evil done by the people here on earth ends up as the enemy of God.” (Source: Tenango Otomi Back Translation)