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What does the Bible say about the topic of speaking in tongues?

Bible Verses About Speaking in Tongues

Bible Verses about Speaking in Tongues

Speaking in tongues, or glossolalia, is Biblical, but needs to be understood. Many churches and denominations have different opinions on the gift of speaking in tongues. If you are looking to study and understand speaking in tongues, the only place to go for truth is God's Word. Trusted Bible commentaries can help you gain more insight as well. The Holy Spirit is the one who gives us gifts and we are all given different gifts that will benefit the Kingdom of God and help others come into a saving relationship with Jesus. Let's take a look at some Bible verses about the gift of speaking in tongues.

You can also read an article that explains more about what the gift of speaking in tongues is and is not at our sister site, Crosswalk.com - "10 Things to Know About Speaking in Tongues from the Bible" as well as our article that addresses why God gave the gift of speaking in tongues and if it's still a gift for today at "What Does the Bible Say About Speaking in Tongues and is it Still Relevant Today?"

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  • 46 For they heard them speaking in strange tongues and praising God's greatness. Peter spoke up:

  • 10 The Spirit gives one person the power to work miracles; to another, the gift of speaking God's message; and to yet another, the ability to tell the difference between gifts that come from the Spirit and those that do not. To one person he gives the ability to speak in strange tongues, and to another he gives the ability to explain what is said.

  • 8 Love is eternal. There are inspired messages, but they are temporary; there are gifts of speaking in strange tongues, but they will cease; there is knowledge, but it will pass.

  • 2 Those who speak in strange tongues do not speak to others but to God, because no one understands them. They are speaking secret truths by the power of the Spirit.

  • 22 So then, the gift of speaking in strange tongues is proof for unbelievers, not for believers, while the gift of proclaiming God's message is proof for believers, not for unbelievers.

  • 23 If, then, the whole church meets together and everyone starts speaking in strange tongues - and if some ordinary people or unbelievers come in, won't they say that you are all crazy?

  • 39 So then, my friends, set your heart on proclaiming God's message, but do not forbid the speaking in strange tongues.

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