complete verse (John 17:15)

Following are a number of back-translations of John 17:15:

  • Uma: “I do not ask that you(s) take them from this world. My request, that you(s) keep them from evil.” (Source: Uma Back Translation)
  • Yakan: “I do not ask/request that you take the people you have given to me from this world. But I ask/request that you watch over them so that they cannot be ruled over by the leader of demons.” (Source: Yakan Back Translation)
  • Western Bukidnon Manobo: “I am not asking that you take out of the earth these people who belong to us. Rather the thing that I am asking you is that you watch over them so that they may not be harmed by Satan.” (Source: Western Bukidnon Manobo Back Translation)
  • Kankanaey: “I don’t say though that you (singular) are to remove them from this world but rather that you (singular) protect them from Satanas.” (Source: Kankanaey Back Translation)
  • Tagbanwa: “I’m not praying for you to remove them from this world here, but on the contrary that you will be taking care of them, so that they won’t be defeated by that Satanas who is the epitome of evil.” (Source: Tagbanwa Back Translation)
  • Tenango Otomi: “I do not ask you the favor that you take them from the earth, rather I ask the favor that you care for them so that the devil will not ruin their faith.” (Source: Tenango Otomi Back Translation)