Tongues and Interpretation of Tongues. Part 3: In Practice

The following practices of tongues are mentioned in Scripture:

  1. Speaking in Tongues (1 Corinthians 14:6, 18)
  2. Praying in the Spirit (1 Corinthians 14:14, 15; Jude 20)
  3. Not all practice speaking in tongues (1 Corinthians 12:30) – deducted from Paul’s rhetoric question.
  4. Tongues are not always interpreted (1 Corinthians 14:28)
  5. Tongues are spoken to God or towards yourself (1 Corinthians 14:28)
  6. 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.
  7. Paul expresses the desire that all should speak in tongues (1 Corinthians 14:5).
  8. 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.
  9. All tongues have meaning, although it is not always revealed (1 Corinthians 14:2)

The following practices of interpretation is mentioned in Scripture

  1. Tongues interpreted as it was heard (Acts 2:6)
  2. Tongues interpreted in preparation for a meeting (1 Corinthians 14:26)
  3. Interpretation as a prerequisite in certain situations for speaking in tongues (1 Corinthians 14:28).
  4. Interpretation to be given by person speaking in a tongue (1 Corinthians 14:13)
  5. Interpretation can be given by someone who did not speak the tongue (1  Corinthians 14:27)
  6. Interpretation causes gift to be of similar value than prophecy
  7. Interpretation can fall into several categories: revelation, knowledge, prophecy or/and a teaching.
  8. Tongues that are interpreted (the understandable message) are considered spoken to men (1 Corinthians 14:2).
  9. Tongues not interpreted is seen as spoken to God (1 Corinthians 14:2)