The Greek that is translated in English as “prison” is translated in Dehu as moapokamo or “house for tying up people” (source: Maurice Leenhardt in The Bible Translator 1951, p. 97ff. ) and in Nyongar as maya-maya dedinyang or “house shut” (source: Warda-Kwabba Luke-Ang).

John the Baptist (icon)

Following is a Syriac Orthodox icon of John the Baptist from the 18/19th century (found in the Cathedral of Saints Constantine and Helen, Yabrud, Syria). The wings are often depicted in icons of John the Baptist because of his status as a messenger.

Orthodox Icons are not drawings or creations of imagination. They are in fact writings of things not of this world. Icons can represent our Lord Jesus Christ, the Virgin Mary, and the Saints. They can also represent the Holy Trinity, Angels, the Heavenly hosts, and even events. Orthodox icons, unlike Western pictures, change the perspective and form of the image so that it is not naturalistic. This is done so that we can look beyond appearances of the world, and instead look to the spiritual truth of the holy person or event. (Source )

complete verse (John 3:24)

Following are a number of back-translations of John 3:24:

  • Uma: “At that time, Yohanes the Baptizer had not yet been imprisoned. He was baptizing in Ainon town, not far from Salim town, because there was much water there. Every day people went asking Yohanes to baptize them.” (Source: Uma Back Translation)
  • Yakan: “At that time Yahiya had not yet been imprisoned. Yahiya also bathed people there at the place Anon for there was much water there. This place Anon is close to the place Salim. Many people went to him and were bathed by him.” (Source: Yakan Back Translation)
  • Western Bukidnon Manobo: “(At that time John was not yet put in prison).” (Source: Western Bukidnon Manobo Back Translation)
  • Kankanaey: “because Juan had not yet been-imprisoned.” (Source: Kankanaey Back Translation)
  • Tagbanwa: “because at that time, Juan had not yet been imprisoned.” (Source: Tagbanwa Back Translation)
  • Tenango Otomi: “John was not yet put in jail when this took place.” (Source: Tenango Otomi Back Translation)