Satan

The Greek that is typically transliterated in English as “Satan” is transliterated in Kipsigis as “Setani.” This is interesting because it is not only a transliteration that approximates the Greek sound but it is also an existing Kipsigis word with the meaning of “ugly” and “sneaking.” (Source: Earl Anderson in The Bible Translator 1950, p. 85ff. )

In Morelos Nahuatl it is translated as “envious one”. (Source: Viola Waterhouse in Notes on Translation August 1966, p. 86ff.)

complete verse (Revelation 2:24)

Following are a number of back-translations of Revelation 2:24:

  • Uma: “‘But there are also some of you in Tiatira who do not follow that evil teaching, you do not want to learn the teaching that is called the knowledge of demons. To you I say, I will not add any other commands.” (Source: Uma Back Translation)
  • Yakan: “‘But there are some of you there in Tatira who haven’t followed this bad teaching. You have not learned what they call the deep teaching from demons. Na, I don’t have anything else to admonish/instruct you other than this:” (Source: Yakan Back Translation)
  • Western Bukidnon Manobo: “And you other people there in Thyatira who have not accepted the teaching of this woman, which is to say, you have not accepted that which is called the deep teaching of Satan, I have nothing further for you to do.” (Source: Western Bukidnon Manobo Back Translation)
  • Kankanaey: “”But the rest of you there at Tiatira, you haven’t been-led-astray by that-aforementioned evil that she is teaching and you have learned nothing of what they call the deep teachings from Satanas. So I will not add to the commands you are following.” (Source: Kankanaey Back Translation)
  • Tagbanwa: “But this is what I will say to those others of you people of Tiatira who haven’t followed this evil which is being taught by Jezebel and who haven’t gone-to-learn her secret-supernatural-skills which come from Satanas, I won’t make difficult/heavy your obeying of laws.” (Source: Tagbanwa Back Translation)
  • Tenango Otomi: “But concerning the word taught by Jezebel, there in the city of Thyatira, there are many of you who do not want to follow this word. Because you do not want to study about the word taught by people who want to know the ways of the devil. There is not other word that I have against you.” (Source: Tenango Otomi Back Translation)