The Greek that is translated into English as “(this) generation” is translated as “the people now” into Chol, “those who are in space now” into Tzeltal or “you people” into Tlahuitoltepec Mixe. (Source: Bratcher / Nida; Mixe: Robert Bascom)

Generic terms for the Greek that is translated as “generation” include “(people of one) layer” (Ekari, Toraja-Sa’dan, Batak Toba), or “one storey of growing” (Highland Totonac, using a term also denoting a storey or floor of a building). (Source: Reiling / Swellengrebel)

See also generations and all generations.

complete verse (Matthew 11:16)

Following are a number of back-translations of Matthew 11:16:

  • Uma: “‘No kidding the people who live at this time! Here is what I compare them to. [lit., Here is my parable that I parable them to.] They are like children who sit on the edge of the main-road and invite their friends,” (Source: Uma Back Translation)
  • Yakan: “‘So-then,’ said Isa, ‘what shall I take as a parable for the people living now? They are like children sitting in the market place playing wedding and funeral. They call to their companions, they say,” (Source: Yakan Back Translation)
  • Western Bukidnon Manobo: “As for you people today, I will liken you to children. For children sit in the market playing. And they call out to each other saying,” (Source: Western Bukidnon Manobo Back Translation)
  • Kankanaey: “Jesus continued, saying, ‘To what perhaps shall I parable/compare the people today? They are like children who are playing in the plaza who will absolutely not be satisfied. They say to their playmates,” (Source: Kankanaey Back Translation)
  • Tagbanwa: “Well to what shall I compare people today? They’re like children sitting at their playing-place and calling to their friends they play with.” (Source: Tagbanwa Back Translation)
  • Tenango Otomi: “I am going to seek to make comparisons with the people who live during these days. They are compared to children playing in the market. They call to their fellow children and say:” (Source: Tenango Otomi Back Translation)