Tongues and interpreters (1 Cor. 14:27)

“If anyone speaks

In a tongue,

Let there be only two

Or at most three,

And each in turn.

Then let someone interpret it.”

εἴτε γλώσσῃ τις λαλεῖ, κατὰ δύο ἢ τὸ πλεῖστον τρεῖς, καὶ ἀνὰ μέρος, καὶ εἷς διερμηνευέτω·

Paul said that if anyone speaks in a tongue (εἴτε γλώσσῃ τις λαλεῖ), let there be only two or at most three (κατὰ δύο ἢ τὸ πλεῖστον τρεῖς), and each in turn (καὶ ἀνὰ μέρος).  Then let someone interpret what was said (καὶ εἷς διερμηνευέτω).  Paul indicated some guidelines for tongue speaking.  Not everyone should speak in tongues, only a couple of people, two or three at most.  They also should take turns, one after the other, not all at once.  Finally, someone should interpret what was said.  Paul had a certain discipline for these tongue speakers.  Have you ever been to a worship service where people were speaking in tongues?

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