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Re: Speaking in Tongues
Hi Charlie - corrections to my post. The reference to Rev 4:9 should be Rev 5:9. And the word “people’s” should NOT have an apostrophe in it! My iPad autocorrect function misbehaved.
This subject has been of interest to me for a long time. Today while out for a ride with my wife, the thought occurred to me as to the real meaning of this subject as described in 1 Corinthians 14.
Everything I have read about concerning this, leaves one with the impression that the apostle Paul is talking about some spiritual tongues that no one can understand; and that's why he was insistent on having an interpreter there.
On looking at this whole chapter in 1 Cor. 14, I have come to the conclusion that Paul was mainly talking about someone speaking in a foreign language, different from the language of most of the people in attendance.
It seems to be quite sensible that if someone from France were to come into a meeting here in Michigan that he would need an interpreter to tell the rest of us English people what he was talking about.
Paul was just using plain words to describe something as simple as speaking out and being understood by those listening; nothing spiritual or esoteric about it.
Now the material he might speak about may be spiritual, but not his speech.
His speech was simply in a language that most in the group would not understand without an interpreter there to translate for them.
See what you think.
BTW Look up the meaning of the word 'tongues' in a concordance or Bible dictionary. That will give you a good start.