The term that is translated as “unstable” in English is rendered into Kahua with the simile that means “like butterflies.”

complete verse (2 Peter 3:16)

Following are a number of back-translations of 2 Peter 3:16:

  • Uma: “In all his letters he mentions teaching like this. There is also some teaching of his that is hard for us to understand. And that teaching of his is twisted around by people whose thinking is not clear and whose faith is not strong. So also they twist around the other contents of the Holy Book. Because of that character of theirs, they will get punishment from God.” (Source: Uma Back Translation)
  • Yakan: “Like that he says in his letters whenever he writes. Some of what he says is difficult to understand/explain therefore those who don’t understand and those who are easily carried aside/influenced to go astray change the meaning. Like that they also do to the other things written in the holy-book. Therefore they will be punished because of this their doings.” (Source: Yakan Back Translation)
  • Western Bukidnon Manobo: “He always teaches about the day of punishment in all of his letters. There are also things which Paul teaches which are hard to understand, and the people who do not understand what is right and whose faith is not drawn tight, they change those difficult things and their understanding of them is in error, just like their explanation of other parts of the written Word of God are in error. Because of that, God will punish them.” (Source: Western Bukidnon Manobo Back Translation)
  • Kankanaey: “And in all his letters in which he spoke about this, just like that also is what he said. There is admittedly that which is hard to understand in his letters. And people whose knowledge is lacking and whose faith is not firm, they change its proper significance (lit. what it wants to say) just like they do with other (things) that God caused-to-be-written. Because of their doing that, they will be punished forever.” (Source: Kankanaey Back Translation)
  • Tagbanwa: “Really in all his letters, he is always reminding you like this concerning these things. Admittedly there are also some things he included in his letters which are hard to understand. Well as for these, those who have insufficient understanding concerning the truth and those whose believing/obeying is still weak cause-them-to-mean something different. Like that indeed also is what they do to other writings which are the word of God. Well, none other will become of their doing like that than that they are putting a noose around their necks.” (Source: Tagbanwa Back Translation)
  • Tenango Otomi: “All the other letters he wrote have this message I am telling you, although there are some of the letters which are hard to understand the meaning of. The people who do not understand letters very well and who do not have a strong faith want to tell the meaning of the letters but what they speak is not correct. It is like this with other words written in the Holy Book, in that the meaning of them is not what the peole say. They are causing themselves to be punished.” (Source: Tenango Otomi Back Translation)