complete verse (1 Corinthians 13:13)

Following are a number of back-translations of 1 Corinthians 13:13:

  • Uma: “So, now, these three kinds of things we must do: believe in God, hope in God’s promises, and love others. But of those three, the one that really is greatest [is]: loving others.” (Source: Uma Back Translation)
  • Yakan: “So-then, our (dual) trust in God and our (dual) expectation of God (hope) and our (dual) love for God and our (dual) companions, these three will remain without end. But of these three, the one that is the ultimate best is love.” (Source: Yakan Back Translation)
  • Western Bukidnon Manobo: “So, there are three things that we are commanded to do that will never be removed: it’s necessary that we believe in God; it’s also necessary that we always look forward to the fulfillment of God’s promises to us, and it’s necessary also that we love our companions. And the greatest of these three is our loving our companions.” (Source: Western Bukidnon Manobo Back Translation)
  • Kankanaey: “Therefore these three will continue forever: faith, hope, and love; but the greatest of these three, it is love.” (Source: Kankanaey Back Translation)
  • Tagbanwa: “Therefore now, there are three things which will endure for the people of God. The first is, our belief and trust in him that he truly will save us. The second is, our firmly-founded assurance that there will be no ending to the good-situation which will be ours in heaven. And the third is, truly valuing one another. But the one which is really the most important of these three is this valuing, for this really will last for ever.” (Source: Tagbanwa Back Translation)
  • Tenango Otomi: “Therefore there are here three words which always are necessary for us to do. It is necessary that we always believe in God. It is necessary that always we think that there will take place what God says. And it is necessary that always we love our fellowmen. But of these words, the most important of the three is that always we love our fellow men.” (Source: Tenango Otomi Back Translation)
  • Chichewa (interconfessional translation, 1999): “So then for now there are these three things: | faith, expectation and love. | But of all of these, the greatest is love.” (Source: Wendland 1998, p. 161)

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