complete verse (Revelation 3:17)

Following are a number of back-translations of Revelation 3:17:

  • Uma: “You [emphatic] say that you are rich, your lives are complete, you no longer have any need. But in fact you do not even know how pitiful you are. You are saddening [i.e., make the observer’s heart well up with sadness], you are poor, you are blind, and you are naked in the life of your soul.” (Source: Uma Back Translation)
  • Yakan: “You say that you are rich and that your living-situation/livelihood is good. You say that you have no need. But the truth is, you are like blind, you don’t know as to how you really are. You are to be pitied because you are poor, that means your trust is lacking/little. You are also like people who have no clothes.” (Source: Yakan Back Translation)
  • Western Bukidnon Manobo: “You say, ‘We (incl.) are rich, and our situation is good. We do not lack anything.’ But in spite of that, you do not know that you are very pitiful because you are poor in faith; your mind is blinded, and you are naked because you have no righteous acts.” (Source: Western Bukidnon Manobo Back Translation)
  • Kankanaey: “You think/say you are rich having all that you need, but you don’t know that the truth of it is, you are to-be-pitied. Because it is true that you are poor, you have no clothes, and you are blind.” (Source: Kankanaey Back Translation)
  • Tagbanwa: “You say, you are rich, and everything is plentiful. There’s no lack at all. However you don’t know that the truth is, you are pathetic, you are beggars with no means. You are blind and naked people.” (Source: Tagbanwa Back Translation)
  • Tenango Otomi: “You think that you are rich, not lacking a thing. All is going well, you say. How come you don’t realize that misery is what you have encountered? For very little do you have. You are poor. You are blind. You do not have clothing to wear.” (Source: Tenango Otomi Back Translation)