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About speaking in tongues....

There are many people today who take man's word for what Father has so plainly written for us. Many people today are literally starving for "soul food", visiting different churches, perhaps experimenting with various "religions", in a vain attempt to satisfy their hungry spirit.

Often, people are attracted to mysterious services which are emotionally presented as being of God. Among these are "speaking in tongues", "slaying in the spirit", snake handling, and others less publicized.

This treatise will be devoted to "speaking in tongues".

To keep this from being what *I* want to write, we will use the following references. 1) The KJV 2) The Green's Interlinear Bible 3) For definitions, The Strong's Exhaustive Concordance and also Thayers Lexicon

We will begin with the following verses which mention "tongues", or "tongue" which in every case below is the greek word "glossa". We moderns are not bery familiar with the older languages, including the english of 400 years ago. We should realize, tho, that the Greek word "glossa" is the root of our modern word "glossary". Lets take the verses containg this word "glossa" one at a time with a word of explanation, and some common sense. Lets concentrate on *unknown* tongues, and see if we can find them.

An understanding of the below usages of the word "glossa" will be gleaned from the strong's and thayer definitions.

Strong's # 1100 glossa (gloce-sah'); of uncertain affinity; the tongue; by implication, a language (specially, one naturally unacquired): KJV-- tongue. (DIC)

Thayer's # 1100 glossa- 1) the tongue, a member of the body, an organ of speech 2) a tongue; the language or dialect used by a particular people distinct from that of other nations (DIC)

Mark 7:33 And he took him aside from the multitude, and put his fingers into his ears, and he spit, and touched his tongue; (KJV)

Mark 7:35 And straightway his ears were opened, and the string of his tongue was loosed, and he spake plain. (KJV)

It is interesting that the first usage of the word is by Y'Shua when he caused the mute person to "speak plain". God is not the author of confusion, but of peace.

Mark 16:17 And these signs shall follow them that believe; In my name shall they cast out devils; they shall speak with new tongues; (KJV)

Well let's see. We believe. We speak english, Spanish, etc. These ARE new languages, are they not. They did not exist when the word was written.

Luke 1:64 And his mouth was opened immediately, and his tongue loosed, and he spake, and praised God. (KJV)

Hmm, not babble, but probably Hebrew, since it was understood and was uttered by Zacharias.

Luke 16:24 And he cried and said, Father Abraham, have mercy on me, and send Lazarus, that he may dip the tip of his finger in water, and cool my tongue; for I am tormented in this flame. (KJV)

Pretty plain to me.

Acts 2:3 And there appeared unto them cloven tongues like as of fire, and it sat upon each of them. (KJV)

Acts 2:4 And they were all filled with the Holy Ghost, and began to speak with other tongues, as the Spirit gave them utterance. (KJV)

Acts 2:11 Cretes and Arabians, we do hear them speak in our tongues the wonderful works of God. (KJV)

Hmm not babble again, but clearly understood in ALL languages present. This is our example of the true tongues. Peter goes on to explain that "this is that" which was prophesied by Joel (See Joel 2:28 and onward) that would come to pass in the last days. The occurrance in Acts was an example for us in the last days. The Holy Spirit will be poured out when we are delivered up to face the false jesus, satan himself with all his minions. Jesus tells us in Luke 12:11 and 12 that we are not to premeditate what we will say in that time, for the Holy Spirit will teach us in that same hoyr what to speak, and when we do, all languages on earth will unferstand. It will need no interpreter

Acts 2:26 Therefore did my heart rejoice, and my tongue was glad; moreover also my flesh shall rest in hope: (KJV)

His tongue praised God. self explanatory.



Acts 10:46 For they heard them speak with tongues, and magnify God. Then answered Peter, (KJV)

Let's look up "magnify"

Strong's # 3170 megaluno (meg-al-oo'-no); from 3173; to make (or declare) great, i.e. increase or (figuratively) extol: KJV-- enlarge, magnify, shew great. (DIC)

Thayer's # 3170 megaluno- 1) to make great, to magnify; metaphorically, to make conspicuous 2) to deem or to declare great to esteem highly, to extol, to laud, to celebrate 3) to get glory and praise (DIC)

So the language they used glorified God. Thus the tongue was not unknown to the writer, Luke.

Acts 19:6 And when Paul had laid his hands upon them, the Holy Ghost came on them; and they spake with tongues, and prophesied. (KJV)

Lets look up "prophesied".

Strong's # 4395 propheteuo (prof-ate-yoo'-o); from 4396; to foretell events, divine, speak under inspiration, exercise the prophetic office: KJV-- prophesy. (DIC)

thayer's # 4395 propheteuo- to prophesy, to be a prophet, to speak forth by divine inspirations, to predict: 1) to prophesy 2) with the idea of foretelling future events pertaining especially to the kingdom of God 3) to utter forth, to declare, a thing which can only be known by divine revelation 4) to break forth under sudden impulse in lofty discourse or praise of the divine counsels; under like prompting, to teach, refute, reprove, admonish, comfort others 5) to act as a prophet, to discharge the prophetic office (DIC)

So this wasn't "unknown" what they said, either. Hmmmm

Romans 3:13 Their throat is an open sepulchre; with their tongues they have used deceit; the poison of asps is under their lips: (KJV)

self explanatory

Romans 14:11 For it is written, As I live, saith the Lord, every knee shall bow to me, and every tongue shall confess to God. (KJV) self explanatory

1 Cor 12:10 To another the working of miracles; to another prophecy; to another discerning of spirits; to another divers kinds of tongues; to another the interpretation of tongues: (KJV)

Again remember the word here is "glossa", or "language". Some people, like Paul knew several languages. He was a Roman Citizen, so he knew Latin. He spoke Greek in the streets and as he taught. He was educated by Gamaliel and lived in Jerusalem, so he spoke Hebrew and Chaldee. Some people know more than 4 languages today. Some of these interpret. If you dont speak spanish, and are preaching in mexico, take an interpreter.

1 Cor 12:28 And God hath set some in the church, first apostles, secondarily prophets, thirdly teachers, after that miracles, then gifts of healings, helps, governments, diversities of tongues. (KJV)

Today the Bible has been translated into, and taught in over 120 languages.

1 Cor 12:30 Have all the gifts of healing? do all speak with tongues? do all interpret? (KJV)

All cannot speak many different languages. But if you are speaking about God, and want someone to understand you, speak in their language.

1 Cor 13:1 Though I speak with the tongues of men and of angels, and have not charity, I am become as sounding brass, or a tinkling cymbal. (KJV) EVERY Angel who visited man and talked to them, spoke in language the person CLEARLY understood. If God sends an angel and wants to talk to you, believe me, you will understand it loud and clear.

1 Cor 13:8 Charity never faileth: but whether there be prophecies, they shall fail; whether there be tongues, they shall cease; whether there be knowledge, it shall vanish away. (KJV) All men will be silent before God when He appears. The confusion of tongues He put on the earth at the tower of confusion will be done away with

1 Cor 14:2 For he that speaketh in an unknown tongue speaketh not unto men, but unto God: for no man understandeth him; howbeit in the spirit he speaketh mysteries. (KJV)

First know that the word "unknown" is not in the manuscripts. In the kjv it is in italics, so indicating. Paul is simply saying that as Jesus had "sheep" that were not of this fold, you may run into some whose language you cannot understand, but they are God's children, just the same.

1 Cor 14:4 He that speaketh in an unknown tongue edifieth himself; but he that prophesieth edifieth the church. (KJV)

speak a language the whole church can understand.

1 Cor 14:5 I would that ye all spake with tongues, but rather that ye prophesied: for greater is he that prophesieth than he that speaketh with tongues, except he interpret, that the church may receive edifying. (KJV)

i wish you all could speak all languages, but i would rather you teach.

1 Cor 14:6 Now, brethren, if I come unto you speaking with tongues, what shall I profit you, except I shall speak to you either by revelation, or by knowledge, or by prophesying, or by doctrine? (KJV)

If i spoke hebrew in a greek congregation,,,,

1 Cor 14:9 So likewise ye, except ye utter by the tongue words easy to be understood, how shall it be known what is spoken? for ye shall speak into the air. (KJV)

speak in the language of the layman

1 Cor 14:13 Wherefore let him that speaketh in an unknown tongue pray that he may interpret. (KJV) If you are gonna teach in latin, better be able to say it in a language all can understand. In those days, the congregation may have several language speakers present. all could not speak all languages. this is why the NT was mostly written in Greek. More people understoood greek than any other.

1 Cor 14:14 For if I pray in an unknown tongue, my spirit prayeth, but my understanding is unfruitful. (KJV) self explanatory

1 Cor 14:18 I thank my God, I speak with tongues more than ye all: (KJV)

Paul knew at least 4 languages

1 Cor 14:19 Yet in the church I had rather speak five words with my understanding, that by my voice I might teach others also, than ten thousand words in an unknown tongue. (KJV)

self explanatory

1 Cor 14:22 Wherefore tongues are for a sign, not to them that believe, but to them that believe not: but prophesying serveth not for them that believe not, but for them which believe. (KJV) if you can teach in the language of the lost ones you are teaching, use it by all means. The present believers should already know what you are teaching anyway.

1 Cor 14:23 If therefore the whole church be come together into one place, and all speak with tongues, and there come in those that are unlearned, or unbelievers, will they not say that ye are mad? (KJV) self explanatory

1 Cor 14:26 How is it then, brethren? when ye come together, every one of you hath a psalm, hath a doctrine, hath a tongue, hath a revelation, hath an interpretation. Let all things be done unto edifying. (KJV) edify the congregation, not a person

1 Cor 14:27 If any man speak in an unknown tongue, let it be by two, or at the most by three, and that by course; and let one interpret. (KJV)

If the people you are teaching does not understand the language you have to use, then take an interpreter, and give him time to talk.

1 Cor 14:39 Wherefore, brethren, covet to prophesy, and forbid not to speak with tongues. (KJV)

Just because most of you speak english, do not neglect the ones who do not understand your language. Let someone who speaks his language teach and interpret for him

Phil 2:11 And that every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father. (KJV)


James 1:26 If any man among you seem to be religious, and bridleth not his tongue, but deceiveth his own heart, this man's religion is vain. (KJV) yep

James 3:5 Even so the tongue is a little member, and boasteth great things. Behold, how great a matter a little fire kindleth! (KJV) yep

James 3:6 And the tongue is a fire, a world of iniquity: so is the tongue among our members, that it defileth the whole body, and setteth on fire the course of nature; and it is set on fire of hell. (KJV) yep

James 3:8 But the tongue can no man tame; it is an unruly evil, full of deadly poison. (KJV) yep

1 Pet 3:10 For he that will love life, and see good days, let him refrain his tongue from evil, and his lips that they speak no guile: (KJV)


1 John 3:18 My little children, let us not love in word, neither in tongue; but in deed and in truth. (KJV)


Rev 5:9 And they sung a new song, saying, Thou art worthy to take the book, and to open the seals thereof: for thou wast slain, and hast redeemed us to God by thy blood out of every kindred, and tongue, and people, and nation; (KJV)

Rev 7:9 After this I beheld, and, lo, a great multitude, which no man could number, of all nations, and kindreds, and people, and tongues, stood before the throne, and before the Lamb, clothed with white robes, and palms in their hands; (KJV)

Rev 10:11 And he said unto me, Thou must prophesy again before many peoples, and nations, and tongues, and kings. (KJV)

Rev 11:9 And they of the people and kindreds and tongues and nations shall see their dead bodies three days and an half, and shall not suffer their dead bodies to be put in graves. (KJV)

Rev 13:7 And it was given unto him to make war with the saints, and to overcome them: and power was given him over all kindreds, and tongues, and nations. (KJV)

Rev 14:6 And I saw another angel fly in the midst of heaven, having the everlasting gospel to preach unto them that dwell on the earth, and to every nation, and kindred, and tongue, and people, (KJV)

Rev 16:10 And the fifth angel poured out his vial upon the seat of the beast; and his kingdom was full of darkness; and they gnawed their tongues for pain, (KJV)

Rev 17:15 And he saith unto me, The waters which thou sawest, where the whore sitteth, are peoples, and multitudes, and nations, and tongues. (KJV)

Each of these verses in Revelation do not allude to "speaking in tongues", whatever that is, yet they use the same word as all the above, "glossa".

It is a shame that people are so ignorant of Father's Word that read a verse completely out os context, never studying the subject and object, and coming up with some "new" thing they can become more confused with.

Now, I am NOT saying that we will not speak the cloven tongues of Pentecost, for we surely will. As we should understand, tho, it is for a future time, when the false jesus will call God's Elect in front of him to give account. It is at that time as it is written in Joel 2 and Acts 2, and not until that time, shall we truly speak in all languages at once. THAT is the sign of the Holy Spirit of Y'Shua. No man can fake that.


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