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Tongues, Gift of

Morrish Bible Dictionary

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This gift was in the early church, and was a sign 'to them that believed not,' in fulfilment of Isaiah 28:11,12 : cf. 1 Corinthians 14:21 . The gift was exhibited in a special way on the day of Pentecost, when people of many lands heard the wonderful things of God each in his own language. In the assembly these gifts were not to be exercised unless there was present an interpreter, that the saints might be edified. Paul thanked God that he spake with tongues more than all at Corinth; but in the assembly he would rather speak five words through his understanding, that he might teach others, than ten thousand words in a tongue. 1 Corinthians 12:10,28,30; 1 Corinthians 13:1,8; 1 Corinthians 14:2-39 .

The expression 'unknown tongue' is unhappy, because it has led some to think that the gift of tongues consisted of a sort of unintelligible gibberish. The word 'unknown' has been added in the A.V., where it should read simply 'tongue.' At Pentecost it was shown that the gift of 'tongues' was in a person speaking a language which he had never learnt, but which was at once understood by those who knew it.

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Morrish, George. Entry for 'Tongues, Gift of'. Morrish Bible Dictionary. https://www.studylight.org/​dictionaries/​eng/​mbd/​t/tongues-gift-of.html. 1897.
 
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