complete verse (John 15:16)

Following are a number of back-translations of John 15:16:

  • Uma: “It was not you who chose me. It was I who chose you. I have given you the work of going into the world in order to bear much fruit. And your fruit will not be lost, it will have value forever. So, what you ask of my Father with my name, he will give to you.” (Source: Uma Back Translation)
  • Yakan: “It is not that you have chosen me, but I am the one who chose you, and I have commissioned you so that you will do much good and the good you will do will not change. So-then, whatever you ask my Father because you trust in me, he will satisfy you (with it).” (Source: Yakan Back Translation)
  • Western Bukidnon Manobo: “You are not the ones who chose me, rather I am the one who chose you. I pointed you out so that you might fruit good works and so that your fruit might not come to nothing. And anything that you request from my Father God because of your belief in me, he will give it to you.” (Source: Western Bukidnon Manobo Back Translation)
  • Kankanaey: “It certainly wasn’t you who chose me but rather I who chose and appointed you so that you would go and persuade many of your companions to believe so that your faith would have fruit that would remain forever. Because if you do that, no matter what you request from my Father on-account-of your being-united-with me, I will give it to you.” (Source: Kankanaey Back Translation)
  • Tagbanwa: “It’s not that you have chosen me. I am the one who chose you, and I have instructed you to as-it-were bear fruit with fruit which will remain. Therefore whatever you will ask for from my Father on the strength of your being tied-together/united with me, he really will give it to you.” (Source: Tagbanwa Back Translation)
  • Tenango Otomi: “It isn’t that you chose me. I chose you. And I want that you always live good lives so that you will be given all that you ask the Father when you believe in me.” (Source: Tenango Otomi Back Translation)