complete verse (James 4:8)

Following are a number of back-translations of James 4:8:

  • Uma: “Get-close-to God, and He also will get-close-to-you. You who are sinning, stop doing sin. You who have two-branched hearts, make-holy your hearts.” (Source: Uma Back Translation)
  • Yakan: “Come close to God and God will also come close to you. You, the sinners, leave/give-up your sinful deeds. You also whose thoughts/minds are doubting, cause your livers (to be) whole-heartedly towards God.” (Source: Yakan Back Translation)
  • Western Bukidnon Manobo: “Go to God for refuge and he will come near to you. You sinners, abandon your evil behaviour. You who just pretend to believe, let God cleanse your thinking and your breath.” (Source: Western Bukidnon Manobo Back Translation)
  • Kankanaey: “If you approach God, he will also approach you. You who are sinners, turn-your-backs-on your sins so that your way-of-life will be made-clean. You also who are-of-two-minds (i.e. double purpose), make-up (lit. cause-to-be-one) your minds to follow God.” (Source: Kankanaey Back Translation)
  • Tagbanwa: “Go to God for help for it’s certain he will respond, that he will grace/mercy you. You who are sinful, drop/give-up those sins of yours. Concentrate on God your mind/inner-being which is still doubting.” (Source: Tagbanwa Back Translation)
  • Tenango Otomi: “Know God better, and God will cause you to understand better about him. Listen, you sinners, depart from the evil in which you live. The people who like the pleasure here on earth and also want God must firmly depart from the pleasure here on earth and also want God, must firmly depart from evil in their hearts and follow God.” (Source: Tenango Otomi Back Translation)