I want everyone to speak in tongues (1 Cor. 14:5)

“Now I want all of you

To speak in tongues,

But even more to prophesy.

He who prophesies

Is greater

Than he who speaks in tongues,

Unless someone interprets them,

So that the church

May be edified.”

θέλω δὲ πάντας ὑμᾶς λαλεῖν γλώσσαις, μᾶλλον δὲ ἵνα προφητεύητε· μείζων δὲ ὁ προφητεύων ἢ ὁ λαλῶν γλώσσαις, ἐκτὸς εἰ μὴ διερμηνεύῃ, ἵνα ἡ ἐκκλησία οἰκοδομὴν λάβῃ.

Paul said that now I want all of you to speak in tongues (θέλω δὲ πάντας ὑμᾶς λαλεῖν γλώσσαις), but even more to prophesy (μᾶλλον δὲ ἵνα προφητεύητε·).  He who prophesies (δὲ ὁ προφητεύων) is greater (μείζων) than he who speaks in tongues (ἢ ὁ λαλῶν γλώσσαις), unless someone interprets them (ἐκτὸς εἰ μὴ διερμηνεύῃ), so that the whole church assembly may be edified or built up (ἵνα ἡ ἐκκλησία οἰκοδομὴν λάβῃ).  Paul explained that he had nothing against speaking in tongues.  In fact, he hoped that all of them would be able to speak in tongues.  However, it would be better if they were able to prophesize, because prophecy was better than tongue speaking.  There was a caveat.  If there was someone there to interpret the tongue speaking, the whole church or community could be built up or edified.  Paul clearly preferred prophecy over tongue speaking, but it there was someone to interpret the tongues, then that would be edifying for the whole church community, rather than just that one individual.  Do you know anyone who can interpret those speaking in tongues?

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