The following practices of tongues are mentioned in Scripture:
- Speaking in Tongues (1 Corinthians 14:6, 18)
- Praying in the Spirit (1 Corinthians 14:14, 15; Jude 20)
- Not all practice speaking in tongues (1 Corinthians 12:30) – deducted from Paul’s rhetoric question.
- Tongues are not always interpreted (1 Corinthians 14:28)
- Tongues are spoken to God or towards yourself (1 Corinthians 14:28)
- Tongues will not continue on as a gift (1 Corinthians 13:8) – but to be noted is that knowledge will also pass away. Consistent interpretation should be applied as to avoid interpreting this as proof of the cessation of the gift.
- Paul expresses the desire that all should speak in tongues (1 Corinthians 14:5).
- Prophecy causes someone to be greater than he who speaks only in a tongue (1 Corinthians 14:5) – See point 6 in the following list.
- All tongues have meaning, although it is not always revealed (1 Corinthians 14:2)
The following practices of interpretation is mentioned in Scripture
- Tongues interpreted as it was heard (Acts 2:6)
- Tongues interpreted in preparation for a meeting (1 Corinthians 14:26)
- Interpretation as a prerequisite in certain situations for speaking in tongues (1 Corinthians 14:28).
- Interpretation to be given by person speaking in a tongue (1 Corinthians 14:13)
- Interpretation can be given by someone who did not speak the tongue (1 Corinthians 14:27)
- Interpretation causes gift to be of similar value than prophecy
- Interpretation can fall into several categories: revelation, knowledge, prophecy or/and a teaching.
- Tongues that are interpreted (the understandable message) are considered spoken to men (1 Corinthians 14:2).
- Tongues not interpreted is seen as spoken to God (1 Corinthians 14:2)