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bible verses about speaking in tongues

The Gift of Speaking in Tongues:

  • Acts 2:3 – “They saw what seemed to be tongues of fire that separated and came to rest on each of them.”
  • Acts 2:4 – “All of them were filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak in other tongues as the Spirit enabled them.”
  • 1 Corinthians 12:10 – “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.”
  • 1 Corinthians 12:30 – “Do all have gifts of healing? Do all speak in tongues? Do all interpret?”

Praying in Tongues:

  • 1 Corinthians 14:14 – “For if I pray in a tongue, my spirit prays, but my mind is unfruitful.”
  • 1 Corinthians 14:2 – “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.”
  • Jude 1:20 – “But you, dear friends, by building yourselves up in your most holy faith and praying in the Holy Spirit.”
  • Romans 8:26 – “Likewise, the Spirit helps us in our weakness. For we do not know what to pray for as we ought, but the Spirit himself intercedes for us with groanings too deep for words.”

Edification and Interpretation:

  • 1 Corinthians 14:2 – “For one who speaks in a tongue speaks not to men but to God; for no one understands him, but he utters mysteries in the Spirit.”
  • 1 Corinthians 14:4 – “The one who speaks in a tongue builds up himself, but the one who prophesies builds up the church.”
  • 1 Corinthians 14:27 – “If anyone speaks in a tongue, two—or at the most three—should speak, one at a time, and someone must interpret.”
  • 1 Corinthians 14:28 – “If there is no interpreter, the speaker should keep quiet in the church and speak to himself and to God.”

Order in Worship:

  • 1 Corinthians 14:40 – “But everything should be done in a fitting and orderly way.”
  • 1 Corinthians 14:29 – “Let two or three prophets speak, and let the others weigh what is said.”
  • 1 Corinthians 14:33 – “For God is not a God of disorder but of peace—as in all the congregations of the Lord’s people.”
  • 1 Corinthians 14:28 – “But if there is no one to interpret, let each of them keep silent in church and speak to himself and to God.”

Understanding and Decency:

  • 1 Corinthians 13:1 – “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 14:13 – “For this reason the one who speaks in a tongue should pray that they may interpret what they say.”
  • 1 Corinthians 14:20 – “Brothers and sisters, stop thinking like children. In regard to evil be infants, but in your thinking be adults.”
  • 1 Corinthians 14:19 – “But in the church, I would rather speak five intelligible words to instruct others than ten thousand words in a tongue.”

Testimony and Witness:

  • Acts 2:4 – “And they were all filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak in other tongues as the Spirit gave them utterance.”
  • Matthew 6:6 – “But when you pray, go into your room, close the door and pray to your Father, who is unseen. Then your Father, who sees what is done in secret, will reward you.”
  • Mark 16:15 – “He said to them, ‘Go into all the world and preach the gospel to all creation.'”
  • Mark 16:17 – “And these signs will accompany those who believe: In my name they will drive out demons; they will speak in new tongues.”

Unity and Diversity:

  • 1 Corinthians 12:13 – “For in one Spirit we were all baptized into one body—Jews or Greeks, slaves or free—and all were made to drink of one Spirit.”
  • 1 Corinthians 12:7 – “But the manifestation of the Spirit is given to every man to profit withal.”
  • 1 Corinthians 14:33 – “For God is not a God of confusion but of peace. As in all the churches of the saints.”
  • 1 Corinthians 14:39 – “So, my brothers, earnestly desire to prophesy, and do not forbid speaking in tongues.”