rhetorical questions (John 21:22)

During the translation of the New Testament into Huixtán Tzotzil, translation consultant Marion Cowan found that questions where the answer is obvious, affirmative rhetorical questions, as well questions raising objections tended to cause confusion among the readers. So these are rendered as simple or emphatic statements.

Accordingly, John 21:22a reads “If I want to arrive and find him living. that is not your responsibility (affair or business).”

Source: Marion Cowan in The Bible Translator 1960, p. 123ff.