What is Speaking in Tongues?
  • According to the Holy books, speaking in diverse tongues is to speak in actual languages that can be understood by other people. From the time of ancient Babylon, the sons of men were divided according to their tongues into 70 nations of 70 languages, excluding Hebrew and the Hebrew nation. 

Genesis 11:1

1  And the whole earth was of one language, and of one speech.

  • (All men spoke hebrew at first, the tongue creation according to Jubilee 12:26.)

Genesis 11:7

7  Go to, let us go down, and there confound their language, that they may not understand one another's speech.

Jasher 9:32

And Alahayim said to the seventy angels who stood foremost before him, to those who were near to him, saying Come let us descend and confuse their tongues, that one man shall not understand the language of his neighbor, and they did so unto them.

Genesis 11:8-9

8  So Ahayah scattered them abroad from thence upon the face of all the earth: and they left off to build the city.

9  Therefore is the name of it called Babel; because Ahayah did there confound the language of all the earth: and from thence did Ahayah scatter them abroad upon the face of all the earth.

  • The people were scattered according to their tongues.

Genesis 10:5,20,31
[5]By these were the isles of the Gentiles divided in their lands; every one after his tongue, after their
families, in their nations.
[20]These are the sons of Ham, after their families, after their tongues, in their countries, and in their
[31]These are the sons of Shem, after their families, after their tongues, in their lands, after their nations.


  • Ahayah prophesied that he would send nations after Israel whose tongues they would not understand in the future. This is evidence that tongues, according to the bible, represented languages.

Deuteronomy 28:49
[49]The Ahayah shall bring a nation against thee from far, from the end of the earth, as swift as the
eagle flieth; a nation whose tongue thou shalt not understand;

  • By the time of the Persian Empire, tongues still referred to actual languages by evidence of the necessity to have the tongues interpreted in the same tongue as they were written.

Ezra 4:7
[7]And in the days of Artaxerxes wrote Bishlam, Mithredath, Tabeel, and the rest of their companions,
unto Artaxerxes king of Persia; and the writing of the letter was written in the Syrian tongue, and interpreted
in the Syrian tongue.
Isaiah 28:11-12
[11]For with stammering lips and another tongue will he speak to this people.
[12]To whom he said, This is the rest wherewith ye may cause the weary to rest; and this is the refreshing: yet
they would not hear.

  • The prophecies show the children of Israel will still not hearken even though Ahayah is speaking to them by men of a different tongue besides Hebrew to testify unto them of the Gospel wherein they may rest. This is a sign for unbelievers:
    I Cor 14:21

[21]In the law it is written, With men of other tongues and other lips will I speak unto this people; and yet for all that will they not hear me, saith the Lord.

[22]Wherefore tongues are for a sign, not to them that believe, but to them that believe not: but prophesying serveth not for them that believe not, but for them which believe.

  • The gifts of the Spirit were to be able to speak in actual languages that people would be able to understand.

Mark 16:17
[17]And these signs shall follow them that believe; In my name shall they cast out devils;
they shall speak
with new tongues;

  • The apostles did indeed speak in new tongues that they were unacquainted with for a sign to unbelievers:

Acts 2:3-8
[3]And there appeared unto them cloven tongues like as of fire, and it sat upon each of them.
[4]And they were all filled with the Holy Spirit, and
began to speak with other tongues, as the Spirit gave
them utterance.
[5]And there were dwelling at Jerusalem Jews, devout men, out of every nation under heaven.
[6]Now when this was noised abroad, the multitude came together, and were confounded,
because that
every man heard them speak in his own language.

  • (It is evident when someone is speaking in other tongues by the Spirit, there will be people that understand it because it's their own language. This shows that tongues still referred to languages in the New Testament.)

[7]And they were all amazed and marvelled, saying one to another, Behold, are not all these which speak

  • (They were amazed because Galileans speak Hebrew mixed with Chaldean from living among the Gentiles of Galilee, but the Jews and Gentiles of other countries heard them speaking the languages from the nations where they were born abroad.)

[8]And how hear we every man in our own tongue, wherein we were born?

  • This confirms they were speaking the actual tongues of the respective places where the other Jews were born abroad. They heard the speak in the languages of these respective places:

Act 2:9  

Parthians, and Medes, and Elamites, and the dwellers in Mesopotamia, and in Judaea, and Cappadocia, in Pontus, and Asia,

Act 2:10  Phrygia, and Pamphylia, in Egypt, and in the parts of Libya about Cyrene, and strangers of Rome, Jews and proselytes,

Act 2:11  Cretes and Arabians, we do hear them speak in our tongues the wonderful works of Alahayim.

  • One can confirm the people understood the tongues that were being spoken by the fact that they knew the Apostles were speaking of the wonderful works of Alahayim. One has to speak an actual language  a person can understand to prophecy that others may be edified like the Apostles did by the Spirit. Speaking in an unknown tongue wouldn't have profited the hearers if the Apostles had been speaking unknown tongues to help understand that the tongues they spoke were the actual respective languages of where the other people came from:

1 Corinthians 14:6-11

[6]Now, brethren, if I come unto you speaking with tongues, what shall I profit you, except I shall speak
to you either by revelation, or by knowledge, or by prophesying, or by doctrine?
[7]And even things without life giving sound, whether pipe or harp, except they give a distinction in the
sounds, how shall it be known what is piped or harped?
[8]For if the trumpet give an uncertain sound, who shall prepare himself to the battle?
So likewise ye, except ye utter by the tongue words easy to be understood, how shall it be known what is spoken? for ye shall speak into the air.

  • If the Apostles were not speaking actual words of the actual languages that the people could understand, the hearers wouldn't have known they were declaring the wonderful works of Alahayim which would not have been to anyone's profit.

[10]There are, it may be, so many kinds of voices in the world, and none of them is without signification.

[11]Therefore if I know not the meaning of the voice, I shall be unto him that speaketh a barbarian, and he
that speaketh shall be a barbarian unto me.

  • If no one knew the tongues the Apostles were speaking, then they would seem like barbarians to those in Jews that were gathered from abroad.

Speaking in unknown tongues


  • There are guidelines for men and who have the gift of speaking other languages in the church: 

I Cor 14:13-17

[13]Wherefore let him that speaketh in an unknown tongue pray that he may interpret.
[14]For if I pray in an unknown tongue, my spirit prayeth, but my understanding is unfruitful.

[16]Else when thou shalt bless with the spirit, how shall he that occupieth the room of the unlearned say
Amen at thy giving of thanks, seeing he understandeth not what thou sayest? 

  • When praying, you must speak a tongue that others can understand and agree with or you have to pray to be able to interpret the tongue you are speaking to edify others that they may understand and be in agreement to say Amen:

[17]For thou verily givest thanks well, but the other is not edified.

  • Why is the other not edified? 

I Cor 14:4, 11

[4]He that speaketh in an unknown tongue edifieth himself;.......

  • Notice, the person speaking in an unknown tongue edifies himself so others won't understand, yet you the speaker of the unknown tongue are suppose to know what is being said for your own edification and if you don't understand you have to pray that you may interpret it:

[11]Therefore if I know not the meaning of the voice, I shall be unto him that speaketh a barbarian, and he that speaketh shall be a barbarian unto me.

  • The person won't be edified if we speak a language they don't comprehend. If anyone speaks in an unknown tongue to the church, there must be an interpreter or one must keep silent and speak to ones' self when there is no interpreter. 

1Co 14:27  

If any man speak in an unknown tongue, let it be by two, or at the most by three, and that by course; and let one interpret.

1Co 14:28  

But if there be no interpreter, let him keep silence in the church; and let him speak to himself, and to Alahayim.

  • Along with the guidelines for the brothers, sisters, even with spiritual gifts, must keep silent in the churches by the commandments of the Lord for the churches:

1Co 14:34  

Let your women keep silence in the churches: for it is not permitted unto them to speak; but they are commanded to be under obedience, as also saith the law.

1Co 14:35  

And if they will learn any thing, let them ask their husbands at home: for it is a shame for women to speak in the church.

1Co 14:36  

What? came the word of Alahayim out from you? or came it unto you only?

1Co 14:37  

If any man think himself to be a prophet, or spiritual, let him acknowledge that the things that I write unto you are the commandments of the Lord.

  • There is nothing wrong with desiring spiritual gifts, but everyone ought rather that we may prophesy because its to the edification of others:

1Co 14:1

 Follow after charity, and desire spiritual gifts, but rather that ye may prophesy.

1Co 14:3,5, 18-19

 But he that prophesieth speaketh unto men to edification, and exhortation, and comfort.

[5]I would that ye all spake with tongues, but rather that ye prophesied: for greater is he that prophesieth
than he that speaketh with tongues, except he interpret, that the church may receive edifying.

[18]I thank my Alahayim, I speak with tongues more than ye all:
[19]Yet in the church I had rather speak five words with my understanding, that by my voice I might teach
others also, than ten thousand words in an unknown tongue.

[23]If therefore the whole church be come together into one place, and all speak with tongues, and there
come in those that are unlearned, or unbelievers, will they not say that ye are mad?

  • (The newcomer would think we were mad if we all spoke different languages while no one is being edified because we cannot understand each other.)

[24]But if all prophesy, and there come in one that believeth not, or one unlearned, he is convinced of all,
he is judged of all:

  • If the men are all prophesying in an orderly fashion it will be for the conversion of others:

[25]And thus are the secrets of his heart made manifest; and so falling down on his face he will
worship Alahayim, and report that Alahayim is in you of a truth.
[26]How is it then, brethren? when ye come together, every one of you hath a psalm, hath a doctrine, hath a
tongue, hath a revelation, hath an interpretation. Let all things be done unto edifying.

  • Let all things be done decently ad in order. There are guidelines for men prophesying in the church:

1Co 14:29 

 Let the prophets speak two or three, and let the other judge.

1Co 14:30 

 If any thing be revealed to another that sitteth by, let the first hold his peace.

1Co 14:31

  For ye may all prophesy one by one, that all may learn, and all may be comforted.

1Co 14:32  

And the spirits of the prophets are subject to the prophets.

1Co 14:33  

For Alahayim is not the author of confusion, but of peace, as in all churches of the saints.

  • Now, daughters will prophesy according to scripture as well, yet it is evident, they just won't be doing it in the churches because the Spirit wouldn't inspire them to transgress the commandment of the Lord to speak in the churches.  

Act 2:16  

But this is that which was spoken by the prophet Joel;

Act 2:17  

And it shall come to pass in the last days, saith Alahayim, I will pour out of my Spirit upon all flesh: and your sons and your daughters shall prophesy, and your young men shall see visions, and your old men shall dream dreams:

Act 2:18  

And on my servants and on my handmaidens I will pour out in those days of my Spirit; and they shall prophesy:

  • Women will be given the Spirit to prophesy, it just won't be in the Churches to help know how things ought to be done order according to the Spirit:

1Ti 2:11  

Let the woman learn in silence with all subjection.

1Ti 2:12  

But I suffer not a woman to teach, nor to usurp authority over the man, but to be in silence.

  • We can see the Spirit wouldn't inspire women to teach in the churches prophesying unto anyone out of respect unto the Lord so as not to usurp authority over a man. The way women teach without speaking in respect of the law in the Churches is to set an example by their behaviour and moderation:

1Pe 3:1  

Likewise, ye wives, be in subjection to your own husbands; that, if any obey not the word, they also may without the word be won by the conversation of the wives; 
1Pe 3:2  

While they behold your chaste conversation coupled with fear. 
1Pe 3:3  

Whose adorning let it not be that outward adorning of plaiting the hair, and of wearing of gold, or of putting on of apparel; 
1Pe 3:4  

But let it be the hidden man of the heart, in that which is not corruptible, even the ornament of a meek and quiet spirit, which is in the sight of Alahayim of great price. 

1 Clem. 21:1

Look ye, brethren, lest His benefits, which are many, turn unto judgment to all of us, if we walk not worthily of Him, and do those things which are good and well pleasing in His sight with concord.

1 Clem. 21:6

Let us fear the Adono Yache [Christ], whose blood was given for us. Let
us reverence our rulers; let us honor our elders; let us instruct our young men in the
lesson of the fear of Alahayim. Let us guide our women toward that which is good:

1 Clem. 21:7

let them show forth their lovely disposition of purity; let them prove
their sincere affection of gentleness; let them make manifest the moderation of their
tongue through their silence; let them show their love, not in factious preferences
but without partiality towards all them that fear Alahayim, in holiness.

  • Even the aged women,  teach through their actions and exhort the younger women (outside of the church) to be work righteousness. This is sound doctrine:

Tit 2:1  But speak thou the things which become sound doctrine:

Tit 2:2  That the aged men be sober, grave, temperate, sound in faith, in charity, in patience.

  • the aged men have to set an example of a believer:

Tit 2:3  The aged women likewise,

  • The aged women have to set the same example walking in those spirits  aforementioned in order to be in behavior that is becoming of holiness:

that they be in behaviour as becometh holiness, not false accusers, not given to much wine, teachers of good things;

Tit 2:4  

That they may teach the young women to be sober, to love their husbands, to love their children,

Tit 2:5  

To be discreet, chaste, keepers at home, good, obedient to their own husbands, that the word of Alahayim be not blasphemed.

  • older women may teach younger women to do good works in the fruits, they just can't teach them in the churches, nor usurp authority over the younger woman's husband because is she is to learn anything she ought to ask her husband at home.{ 1 Cor 14:35} An aged woman encourages the younger woman to do such good works rather than seek to become the woman's guide in place of her husband. 

Tit 2:6  

Young men likewise exhort to be sober minded.

  • We see the aged women exhort the younger men so as not to usurp themselves over them as teachers, {1 Tim 2:10} and they would't do it in the churches in respect of the Lord's command, but rather as encouragers in the faith of Yache unto good works, they'll exhort them outside of the Church setting. 

  • Through precepts brothers and sisters have their roles to play in prophesying by the Spirit, and we now know the guidelines for both respectively according to the Spirit and commandments of the Lord.