complete verse (Luke 1:34)

Following are a number of back-translations of Luke 1:34:

  • Uma: “Maria said saying to the angel: ‘How can what you(s) say happen? Because I am not yet married.'” (Source: Uma Back Translation)
  • Yakan: “Mariyam said to the angel, ‘How can this be possible and-what’s-more I haven’t a husband yet.'” (Source: Yakan Back Translation)
  • Western Bukidnon Manobo: “And then Mary said to the angel, she said, ‘How can this be? Because I am a virgin and I have never been approached by a man.’ (euphemism for sexual relations)” (Source: Western Bukidnon Manobo Back Translation)
  • Kankanaey: “Whereupon Maria said to the angel, ‘Yes, but how perhaps can it be, because absolutely no one has touched me?'” (Source: Kankanaey Back Translation)
  • Tagbanwa: “Maria spoke, saying, ‘How is that, since I haven’t yet had experience with any man?'” (Source: Tagbanwa Back Translation)