“There are doubtless
So many different languages
In the world.
None is without meaning.”
τοσαῦτα εἰ τύχοι γένη φωνῶν εἰσιν ἐν κόσμῳ, καὶ οὐδὲν ἄφωνον·
Paul said that there are doubtless so many different languages (τοσαῦτα εἰ τύχοι γένη φωνῶν εἰσιν) in the world (ἐν κόσμῳ). None is without meaning (καὶ οὐδὲν ἄφωνον). Paul then turned to the situation in Corinth. As a commercial city, they were accustomed to hearing many different languages and different dialects of Greek on a daily basis. Thus, Paul pointed out to them about the various languages in the world that they were already aware of. All these languages had meaning to those people who spoke these different languages. In fact, words or sounds have meaning only within a specific language configuration. Words, by themselves are just strange sounds until they fit into a pattern of a specific language arrangement structure. An individual language is an organized pattern of sounds, as opposed to mere random sounds as in tongue speaking. Can you speak more than one language?