Speaking in Tongues Bible Verses

Last updated on June 26th, 2020 at 05:21 am

I’ve spoken in tongues only twice

And yet, it doesn’t make me feel less of a Christian

The first time, I felt compelled to do so.

I had just finished my compulsory foundation class session in the church

And as a requirement, we should all speak in tongues

To be frank, it was weird, and I knew I was faking it

But then came another day, As I was praying at home, I felt a surge of power within me

As I prayed, I started moving my lips and saying some unlearned languages

This was the first time I spoke in tongues. And it was a real and powerful experience

So, is speaking in tongues for every Christian? Should we still speak in tongues in the church? Are there bible verses about speaking in tongues that can explain more?

 

Let’s start from where it all began

In the old testament, God promised to send the holy spirit.

The old prophets (Ezekiel, Isaiah, and Joel) prophesied about the coming of this “new spirit” in Ezekiel 39:29, Isaiah 44:3, and Joel 2:28.

Isaiah’s prophecy was even more explicit. He said,

For I will pour water on the thirsty land, and streams on the dry ground; I will pour my Spirit upon your offspring, and my blessing on your descendants. Isaiah 44:3

For by people of strange lips and with a foreign tongue the Lord will speak to this people Isaiah 28:11

And years later, God’s word was fulfilled in the day of Pentecost

When the day of Pentecost came, they were all together in one place.Suddenly a sound like the blowing of a violent wind came from heaven and filled the whole house where they were sitting. They saw what seemed to be tongues of fire that separated and came to rest on each of them.All of them were filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak in other tongues as the Spirit enabled them. Acts 2:1-4

I have compiled bible verses about speaking in tongues. Read and learn the truth of God’s word.

 

10 Speaking in tongues bible verses (new testament)

Speaking in tongues bible verses

If you are in doubt about God’s word on speaking in tongues, here are bible verses to uplift your faith.

1.  Mark 16:15-17 on speaking in tongues in Christ’s name

He said to them, “Go into all the world and preach the gospel to all creation. Whoever believes and is baptized will be saved, but whoever does not believe will be condemned. And these signs will accompany those who believe: In my name they will drive out demons;they will speak in new tongues

2. 1 Corinthian 14: 1, 2 on Love and prophecy are greater than speaking in tongues

Follow the way of love and eagerly desire gifts of the Spirit,especially prophecy. For anyone who speaks in a tongue does not speak to people but to God. Indeed, no one understands them; they utter mysteries by the Spirit

3.  1 Corinthian 14: 3, 4 on prophesying helps the church

But the one who prophesies speaks to people for their strengthening, encouraging and comfort. Anyone who speaks in a tongue edifies themselves, but the one who prophesies edifies the church.

4.  1 Corinthian 14: 18 on speaking in tongues is a gift

I thank God that I speak in tongues more than all of you. But in the church I would rather speak five intelligible words to instruct others than ten thousand words in a tongue

5.  1 Corinthian 14: 22 on speaking in tongues as a sign to those that do not believe in Christ

Tongues, then, are a sign, not for believers but for unbelievers; prophecy, however, is not for unbelievers but for believers

6.  1 Corinthian 14:26 on the true order of worship

What then shall we say, brothers and sisters? When you come together, each of you has a hymn, or a word of instruction, a revelation, a tongue or an interpretation. Everything must be done so that the church may be built up

7.  1 Corinthian 14: 26, 27 on the requirement for speaking tongues in the church

If anyone speaks in a tongue, two—or at the most three—should speak, one at a time, and someone must interpret.If there is no interpreter, the speaker should keep quiet in the church and speak to himself and to God.

8.  1 Corinthians 12:4-10 on speaking in tongues as a gift of the Holy Spirit

There are different kinds of gifts, but the same Spirit distributes them.There are different kinds of service, but the same Lord. There are different kinds of working, but in all of them and in everyone it is the same God at work.

Now to each one the manifestation of the Spirit is given for the common good. To one there is given through the Spirit a message of wisdom, to another a message of knowledge by means of the same Spirit, to another faith by the same Spirit, to another gifts of healing by that one Spirit, to another miraculous powers, to another prophecy, to another distinguishing between spirits, to another speaking in different kinds of tongues, and to still another the interpretation of tongues.

9.  1 Corinthians 12:28-30 on not all receives the gift of speaking in tongues

And God has placed in the church first of all apostles, second prophets, third teachers, then miracles, then gifts of healing, of helping, of guidance, and of different kinds of tongues.Are all apostles? Are all prophets? A

10.  1 Corinthians 13:8 on tongues will cease

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

 

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Speaking in tongues verses explained

What does the bible say about speaking in tongues without an interpreter

1.  Mark 16:15-17 on speaking in tongues in Christ’s name

He said to them, “Go into all the world and preach the gospel to all creation. Whoever believes and is baptized will be saved, but whoever does not believe will be condemned. And these signs will accompany those who believe: In my name they will drive out demons;they will speak in new tongues

After the death of Jesus Christ, he appeared to the disciples. Through the power of his name, the apostles had the power to drive out demons and speak in various tongues.

At that time, there was a need for signs because of numerous unbelievers. Christ reminded the apostles that they had power through the holy spirit. That, they can do all thing even to “pick up serpents with their own hand.”

they will pick up snakes with their hands; and when they drink deadly poison, it will not hurt them at all; they will place their hands on sick people, and they will get well.”verse 18

That through his power, they will speak in tongue. The essence was to make the world know Christ sent them.

2. 1 Corinthian 14: 1, 2 on Love and prophecy are greater than speaking in tongues

Follow the way of love and eagerly desire gifts of the Spirit,especially prophecy. For anyone who speaks in a tongue does not speak to people but to God. Indeed, no one understands them; they utter mysteries by the Spirit

The apostle Paul when writing to the Christians in Corinthians, reminded them of the importance of Love. Love is the greatest attribute of any Christian. This means, prophesying and speaking in the tongue was nowhere near the power of Lover.

If I speak in the tongues of men or of angels, but do not have love, I am only a resounding gong or a clanging cymbal. 1 Corinthians 13

The love of Christ and your neighbor is the most significant attribute you can have as a Christian. God is not entirely interested in the gift of tongues but requires Christians to show faith in Christ through Love.

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Speaking in tongues does not mean you are doing the wrong thing. If you speak in tongues, Only God almighty understands you. Your words are incomprehensible by other believers close to you. If others do not know what you say, they cannot be edified.

3.  1 Corinthian 14: 3, 4 on prophesying helps the church

But the one who prophesies speaks to people for their strengthening, encouraging and comfort. Anyone who speaks in a tongue edifies themselves, but the one who prophesies edifies the church.

 

Speaking in tongue means praying in another langue that is only understood by God. If you speak in tongues while you are in church or in the gathering of God’s people, it is of no use to the listeners since no one understands what the spirit is saying through you.

Therefore, prophesying and teaching are more important for Christians than speaking in an unknown tongue. Notwithstanding, Paul was not against speaking in tongues, but rather how and where Verse 6 says

I would like every one of you to speak in tongues, but I would rather have you prophesy. The one who prophesies is greater than the one who speaks in tongues, unless someone interprets, so that the church may be edified

4.  1 Corinthian 14: 18 on speaking in tongues is a gift

I thank God that I speak in tongues more than all of you. But in the church I would rather speak five intelligible words to instruct others than ten thousand words in a tongue

This is Paul acknowledging speaking in tongues is a good thing. He is thankful to God that he can speak in an unknown language while praying. Paul was not saying it is a bad thing; he was against speaking in tongues in God’s gathering.

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He would instead prefer to teach in a few words than to speak in tongue. This is because it is of no use to them that listens.

5.  1 Corinthian 14: 22 on speaking in tongues as a sign to those that do not believe in Christ

Tongues, then, are a sign, not for believers but for unbelievers; prophecy, however, is not for unbelievers but for believers

On the day of Pentecost, there were many unbelievers. When the spirit of God came upon the apostles, and they started speaking in tongue, the unbelievers were amazed.

Now there were staying in Jerusalem God-fearing Jews from every nation under heaven. When they heard this sound, a crowd came together in bewilderment, because each one heard their own language being spoken. Utterly amazed, they asked: “Aren’t all these who are speaking Galileans?  Then how is it that each of us hears them in our native language? Acts 2: 5-8

They were surprised how they could speak God’s word with another knowledge. In fact, more than 3000 souls were drawn to Christ that same day.

Those who accepted his message were baptized, and about three thousand were added to their number that day Acts 2: 41

Therefore, speaking in tongues in public was for a reason. Paul is saying, provided you believe in Christ, you need not speak in tongues to a gathering of God’s people. This is because they are also called by the same faith, which you believe.

6.  1 Corinthian 14:26 on the true order of worship

What then shall we say, brothers and sisters? When you come together, each of you has a hymn, or a word of instruction, a revelation, a tongue or an interpretation. Everything must be done so that the church may be built up

This bible verse about praying in tongues can be misinterpreted. Paul is not saying you need to speak in tongues in the church. He is only amplifying how God should be worshiped. He want us to sing hymns, hear God’s word, prophesy whatever revelations we may have received, and also speak in tongues only on one condition.

7.  1 Corinthian 14: 26, 27 on the requirement for speaking tongues in the church

If anyone speaks in a tongue, two—or at the most three—should speak, one at a time, and someone must interpret.If there is no interpreter, the speaker should keep quiet in the church and speak to himself and to God.

Paul has never been against speaking or praying with tongues. He knew tongues were a gift of the holy spirit, and he would want them to speak in tongues.

However, when you have fellow Christians with you, there is no justification for praying or speaking in tongues because they will not understand (only God will).

Therefore, if you must speak in tongues while in the church, there must be an interpreter of the tongue; The essence is edification. Whatever the holy spirit is saying through, you will be interpreted to God’s people.

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If there be no interpreter or anyone who God has blessed with the gift of interpreting tongues, then keep silent in the church. Rather speak to yourself alone (God understand u perfectly).

8.  1 Corinthians 12:4-10 on speaking in tongues as a gift of the Holy Spirit

There are different kinds of gifts, but the same Spirit distributes them.There are different kinds of service, but the same Lord. There are different kinds of working, but in all of them and in everyone it is the same God at work.

Now to each one the manifestation of the Spirit is given for the common good. To one there is given through the Spirit a message of wisdom, to another a message of knowledge by means of the same Spirit, to another faith by the same Spirit, to another gifts of healing by that one Spirit, to another miraculous powers, to another prophecy, to another distinguishing between spirits, to another speaking in different kinds of tongues, and to still another the interpretation of tongues.

Speaking in tongues is not against the Gospel. Instead, you can speak in tongue when you are alone. This is because, as the spirit leads you in an unknown language, God understands every bit of what you are saying.

9.  1 Corinthians 12:28-30 on not all receives the gift of speaking in tongues

And God has placed in the church first of all apostles, second prophets, third teachers, then miracles, then gifts of healing, of helping, of guidance, and of different kinds of tongues.Are all apostles? Are all prophets? A

I’ve often heard people saying that speaking in tongues shows your maturity in Christ and the holy spirit. This is not true. Not all received the gift of the holy spirit. So, if you do not speak in tongues, it does not mean you are not a true Christian.

In God’s service, your gift may be different. It does not make you seem less important because we are in the same body of Jesus Christ

All these are the work of one and the same Spirit, and he distributes them to each one, just as he determines. Just as a body, though one, has many parts, but all its many parts form one body, so it is with Christ. 1 Corinthians 12:11-12

10.  1 Corinthians 13:8 KJV on tongues will cease

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

This is the most crucial part of the Gospel that you should know. Speaking in tongues will stop at God’s own time. This means a time will come when speaking in tongues completely fades away.

 

Frequently asked questions

I have also compiled various other questions you may want to ask about God’s purpose for speaking in tongues.

Here are three more questions that will edify you.

1.  Bible verses against speaking in tongues

“Where in the bible does it say speaking in tongues is wrong?” is a common question Christians ask

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There is no direct word of God against the speaking of tongues. If for anything, Paul encourages speaking of tongues.

However, speaking of tongues was for a purpose and ultimately would cease from happening.

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 1 Corinthians 13:8

2. What does the Bible say about speaking in tongues without an interpreter?

1 Corinthians 14: 27, 27

If anyone speaks in a tongue, two—or at the most three—should speak, one at a time, and someone must interpret.If there is no interpreter, the speaker should keep quiet in the church and speak to himself and to God

3.  Speaking in tongues in church, is acceptable?

Speaking and praying in tongues in the church is not acceptable, except you are talking to yourself.

1 Corinthians 14: 27, 27

If anyone speaks in a tongue, two—or at the most three—should speak, one at a time, and someone must interpret.If there is no interpreter, the speaker should keep quiet in the church and speak to himself and to God

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Dunn is a medical doctor by profession, philanthropist, and a firm believer of Christ. Suffering for Jesus is an attribute of a faithful Christian, and I hope to win new souls to Christ with every chance that I get.

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