Five words (1 Cor. 14:19)

“Nevertheless,

In a church assembly

I would rather speak

Five words

With my mind,

In order to instruct others

Than ten thousand words

In a tongue.”

ἀλλὰ ἐν ἐκκλησίᾳ θέλω πέντε λόγους τῷ νοΐ μου λαλῆσαι, ἵνα καὶ ἄλλους κατηχήσω, ἢ μυρίους λόγους ἐν γλώσσῃ.

Paul then said that in a church assembly (ἀλλὰ ἐν ἐκκλησίᾳ), he would rather (θέλω) speak (λαλῆσαι) five words (πέντε λόγους) with his mind (τῷ νοΐ μου) in order to instruct others (ἵνα καὶ ἄλλους κατηχήσω) than ten thousand words (ἢ μυρίους λόγους) in a tongue (ἐν γλώσσῃ).  Paul made a clear distinction between speaking in tongues and rational instructional discourse.  Paul said that he preferred to speak a mere five rational instructional words than 10,000 tongue speaking words that no one understood.  Paul was primarily a rational teacher, not a tongue speaker, although he often did both.  Do you prefer rational conversation rather than tongue speaking?

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