Speaking in an Unknown Tongue.

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Speaking in an Unknown Tongue.

By: Z'kharYah Yisra'El

1 Corinthians 14

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

The Greek word for prophesy is: "propheteuo" pronounced: "prof-ate-yoo'-o" Strong's # 4395; From the word - "prophetes" pronounced: "prof-ay'-tace" Strong's # 4396; to foretell events, divine, speak under inspiration, exercise the prophetic office:--prophesy. From a compound of  - "pro" Strong's # 4253 and  - "phemi" Strong's # 5346; a foreteller ("prophet"); by analogy, an inspired speaker; by extension, a poet:--prophet.

Also, two of the 
Definitions of "prophesy" Merriam-Webster Online Dictionary

1 : to speak as if divinely inspired
2 : to give instruction in religious matters
Paul said, in verse 1:
Follow after charity, and desire spiritual gifts, but rather that ye may prophesy.

2: For he that speaketh in an unknown tongue speaketh not unto men, but unto God:
for no man understandeth him; howbeit in the spirit he speaketh mysteries.
You see, Paul said, "
he that speaketh in an unknown tongue" might as well be talking to himself. It's a mystery to what he's talking about, anyway. Only God knows!

4: He that speaketh in an unknown tongue edifieth himself; but he that prophesieth edifieth the church.

Now, here, Paul says, he that speaks in an unknown tongue is giving spiritual insight only to himself, but on the other hand, he that (prophesieth) gives instruction on religious matters, and speaks as if he is divinely inspired, where people can understands what he is saying, he gives spiritual insight to the entire church.
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.

Paul is constantly saying, that, if the church don't understand what you are saying, then, there is no spiritual benefit. Unless there is someone present who can explain what is said, don't start talking that mess!

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?
9: 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.
Now, Paul is trying to reason them. Paul said in verse 7 & 8, if you just start banging on a piano, and not playing a particular song, you would just irritate everybody. If you told them, that, in your mind, you were playing song that everybody knows, they would look at you like you were crazy. In verse 9, Paul said, LIKEWISE, if you speak words that is not EASY to be understood, or interpreted, you might as well be speaking into the air. 

10: There are, it may be, so many kinds of voices in the world, and none of them is without signification.
Paul is telling you here, that, there are NO languages in the world that
is without signification. NONE! What Paul is really trying to make you understand is, that, unknown tongue is NOT a real language. It's like banging on a piano, and not playing a particular song.

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.

A barbarian? Is that what you really want to sound like? Well, you do! I was visiting a church years ago, and everybody was talking in this
unknown tongue. I thought they were all filled with the "holy ghost." Now I realize, that, they were fill with a ghost, but not holy. The ghost of a barbarian! Needless to say, I never when back. Scared me! Don't forget, this is Paul tell you all this.

13: Wherefore let him that speaketh in an unknown tongue pray that he may interpret.
Right here, Paul is saying that someone needs to interpret the language you're speaking. And YOU need to be praying to God that somebody does.

14: For if I pray in an unknown tongue, my spirit prayeth, but my understanding is unfruitful.
Paul says, here, that even if HE prays in
an unknown tongue that his own understanding yields no valuable result.

15: What is it then? I will pray with the spirit, and I will pray with the understanding also: I will sing with the spirit, and I will sing with the understanding also.
When you say, "Amen" after someone prays, means you agree with the person's prayer. Right? The same with a song. Right? Well, Paul is saying, that, he don't pray, nor sing in an "unknown tongue".

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?

You see, in verse 16, Paul says, that, if nobody understand what you are saying, how can they say "Amen"? Amen means, you agree with want is being said. Now, tell me, how in the world are you going to agree to something you don't even understand? YOU CAN'T! 

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.
Ok, here, Paul is telling Christians, that, they need to be prophesying, in order to teach others, instead of speaking in some unknown tongue, edifying only themselves, where nobody else knows what the heck they are talking about, not even the person speaking knows what he
himself is even saying .

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?
Ok, Paul says in verse 23, if  
the whole church be come together into one place, and all speak with tongues, and the unbelievers come in they would think you all were MAD. Because they wouldn't understand what was being said. Right? The answer to verse 23 is YES!

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:

Now, right here, Paul just said, "
if all prophesy, and there come in one that believeth not, or one unlearned, he is convinced of all, he is judged of all:" You see, if everybody is prophesying, and unbelievers comes in, they now understand what is being said, and now they can JUDGE for themselves if what being said is true or not. Now, if they accept what you are saying as the truth, they will be convinced that they are sinners, and may be saved.

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.

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.

Now, here, Paul is saying if you don't know what
the heck you are talking about, hope that at least one person does, so he can tell everybody else.
28: But if there be no interpreter, let him keep silence in the church; and let him speak to himself, and to God.

Paul just said, that, if nobody can tell anybody what you are talking about, shut up, better yet, don't even start talking. Talk to yourself and God. Nobody really wants to hear it, anyway.

33: For God is not the author of confusion, but of peace, as in all churches of the saints.
All that "gibberish" is just confusing everybody and Paul don't want you to blamed
God for it.

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.

Ok, you women, don't add to the confusion, SHUT UP and be quiet;
for it is not permitted unto you to speak in the churches of the saints;
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.

Paul said, and if you learn ANYTHING, ask your husbands AT HOME, not on the way, but AT home! And if  he don't know, YOU won't know that he don't know until you get HOME. Now, you BOTH don't know. If you could have asked him at church, then, you would have known that he didn't know, then, you could have ask someone else. But, unfortunately, you had to keep your mouth shut at church, because you're a woman. And besides that, it's A SHAME for you to even open you mouth in the churches of the saints! Now, don't get an attitude with me I'm not saying this, Paul is. 

39: Wherefore, brethren, covet to prophesy, and forbid not to speak with tongues.
When Paul told the brethren to "covet to prophesy" he was telling them to have a desire to give instruction on religious matters, and speak as if you are divinely inspired.

Definitions of "covet" Merriam-Webster Online Dictionary

1 : to wish for earnestly;

40: Let all things be done decently and in order.

Now, I DON'T accept the "so-called new testament" as the word of the Most High, Yahweh, by no way, shape, fashion, or form. Yahweh don't even speak anywhere in the new testament. All I'm doing is pointing out, that, Paul is telling Christians that speaking in some unknown tongue is not approved by God,
unless there is someone present who can explain what's being said. Paul has more books in the new testament then anybody, thanks to a man called  Marcion.

So, all you Christians who call yourselves speaking in some tongue, why don't you try explaining this stuff to the people who hear you. Tell them what you are talking about. I would imagine, that, they want to be spiritually built up, also. At least, tell them what verbs you are using, and in what tense you are using them. Maybe, just maybe, they could help you figure it out.

The fact is, that, nobody can interpret "gibberish", because "gibberish" is not a real language. Unknown tongue? it's just that! "gibberish"! That's why it's called "unknown" tongue.

I thought this was funny. I was doing some research on the Internet on the word
"gibberish" and came across this:

"Does anyone know how to speak this language?
At my school, a lot of my friends know how to speak gibberish and when I asked them how they speak it they are just like "I don't know". I was just wondering if anybody else knows how to speak it. Gibberish sounds really cool and I want to know how to do it too. And then I can go up to my crush and start talking to him and he won’t even know what I’m saying. That will be an awesome way to talk to him. Even though he will probably think I’m queer. But if anybody knows how to speak gibberish and doesn’t mind tell me how that would be great. Thanks in advance. : ) Average Grade: A-"   This was right on time!
 Does this sound formiliar?  "unknown tongue"

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