They do not listen (1 Cor. 14:21)

“In the law

It is written.

‘By men of strange tongues,

By the lips of foreigners

Will I speak

To this people.

Even then

They will not listen

To me.

Says the Lord.’”

ἐν τῷ νόμῳ γέγραπται ὅτι Ἐν ἑτερογλώσσοις καὶ ἐν χείλεσιν ἑτέρων λαλήσω τῷ λαῷ τούτῳ, καὶ οὐδ’ οὕτως εἰσακούσονταί μου, λέγει Κύριος.

Paul said that in the law (ἐν τῷ νόμῳ), it is written (γέγραπται).  “By men of strange tongues (ὅτι Ἐν ἑτερογλώσσοις), by the lips of foreigners (καὶ ἐν χείλεσιν ἑτέρων) will I speak to this people (λαλήσω τῷ λαῷ τούτῳ).  Even then, they will not listen to me (καὶ οὐδ’ οὕτως εἰσακούσονταί μου), says the Lord (λέγει Κύριος).”  Only this Corinthian letter used this word ἑτερογλώσσοις, that means another tongue or another language.  Paul paraphrased an authoritative passage from Isaiah, chapter 28:11-12.  Yahweh would send other people, the Assyrians, who would speak to the Israelites with stammering tongues in a foreign language.  However, it would still be the word of Yahweh.  They would not hear or understand what was going on.  Paul referred to Yahweh speaking to the prophet Isaiah about foreigners telling them what Yahweh wanted, via a foreign language.  The Israelites had been mocking Isaiah, but he turned they mockery back on them.  Yahweh was going to use foreigners to tell them what to do.  Thus, Paul was ready to tell the Corinthians that this speaking in tongues might be used against them.  Do you know the difference between speaking in tongues and speaking in a foreign language?

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