complete verse (James 4:6)

Following are a number of back-translations of James 4:6:

  • Uma: “But the help that the Lord gives us from/because-of his grace [white insides] is stronger [emphatic] than all our hearts’ desires. That’s why it is written in the Holy Book: ‘God opposes people who are proud [lit., whose hearts are high]. But people who are humble [whose hearts are low] he helps because of his white insides [grace].'” (Source: Uma Back Translation)
  • Yakan: “But God’s help to us (incl.) is still stronger than the greedy-desire that carries/influences us (incl.). The holy-book says, hep ‘God opposes those that have a high/proud liver, but he pities/has-mercy-on those who have a low/humble liver.'” (Source: Yakan Back Translation)
  • Western Bukidnon Manobo: “however, God’s help to us is much stronger than that. And because of that, there is a written word of his which says, ‘God is against the one who holds himself high, but he helps the one who, by contrast submits to him.'” (Source: Western Bukidnon Manobo Back Translation)
  • Kankanaey: “This is difficult to obey, but much also is his mercy/kindness and help to us so that will follow him correctly. Since that’s what he does, there is also that which he caused-to-be-written which says, ‘God opposes the one who is proud (lit. raises his mind), but he shows-mercy-to the one who is humble.'” (Source: Kankanaey Back Translation)
  • Tagbanwa: “But far greater than this is the grace/mercy which God gives. That’s why it’s written in the writing, which says, ‘God really opposes those who are arrogant, but his grace/mercy is big which he gives to the humble.'” (Source: Tagbanwa Back Translation)
  • Tenango Otomi: “God favors us in that he very much helps us. Because in the Holy Book it is written, ‘God does not approve of those who elevate themselves. Now, those who do not elevate themselves, those he helps,’ it says.” (Source: Tenango Otomi Back Translation)