complete verse (John 3:29)

Following are a number of back-translations of John 3:29:

  • Uma: “‘ For example at a marriage feast, it is the groom who is important, because he is the owner/lord of the bride. As for the friend of the groom, he just stands beside him and listens to his commands. And he is glad to hear the voice of the groom. So also with me, I am like the friend of the groom. I am glad, and my joy is complete, because more and more people are following Yesus.” (Source: Uma Back Translation)
  • Yakan: “For example if there is a wedding, it is the bridegroom who has/owns the wife. But his friend stands there and listens. He is happy when he hears the bridegroom speak. I and Isa are like them also,’ said Yahiya. ‘I am very glad now.” (Source: Yakan Back Translation)
  • Western Bukidnon Manobo: “,” (Source: Western Bukidnon Manobo Back Translation)
  • Kankanaey: “My status/situation, it is like the companion of a man-getting-married who is in-charge-of preparations for the wedding. Even though he isn’t the one who will be the woman’s spouse (lit. spouse owner of the woman), great nevertheless is his happiness to join the wedding, because he hears what his companion is saying. Therefore I also who prepared people for the coming of the Messiah, great is my happiness now.” (Source: Kankanaey Back Translation)
  • Tagbanwa: “For like about marriage, the woman who is being married belongs only to the bridegroom. And as for the man who causes-to-be-prepared the marriage-feast, who is the friend of the bridegroom, he is really happy when he hears the speech/words of this friend of his whose marriage they are celebrating. Now/today as for me, that’s how it is. I am really very happy now, for Jesus has now arrived, for whom I am as-it-were preparing.” (Source: Tagbanwa Back Translation)
  • Tenango Otomi: “Take a man who is going to get married, the girl goes to where her husband is. The friend of the man stands there and hears what he says. And he is glad that the girls is going to be with the husband. It is like that with me. I am glad that the people are going to where Jesus is.” (Source: Tenango Otomi Back Translation)