The Interpretation of Tongues

This next gift is where the Holy Spirit will give you the interpretation of the tongues that you have either done for yourself or when they are being done by someone else in a church setting.

Here are the two main verses telling you where the gift of interpretation will come into play with the gift of tongues:

  1. “If anyone speaks in a tongue, let there be two or at the most three, each in turn, and let one interpret. But if there is no interpreter, let him keep silent in church, and let him speak to himself and to God.” (1 Corinthians 14: 27-28)

  2. “Therefore let him who speaks in a tongue pray that he may interpret. For if I pray in a tongue, my spirit prays, but my understanding is unfruitful.” (1 Corinthians 14:13-14)

The first verse has to do with others interpreting a tongue when it is done in a church service. The second verse is showing you that the Holy Spirit can give you the interpretation of your own tongue as you are praying in it all by yourself.

Again, another very powerful gift that you can ask to receive from the Lord if you would like to tread into these kinds of deeper waters with Him.

You can read the rest of the gifts of the Holy Spirit here.

1. The Word of Knowledge
2. The Word of Wisdom
3. The Gift of Prophecy
4. The Gift of Faith
5. The Gifts of Healings
6. The Working of Miracles
7. The Discerning of Spirits
8. Different Kinds of Tongues
9. The Interpretation of Tongues

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  1. Frances Mallory-Thorpe - May 27, 2013 at 1:13 pm

    I enjoyed the knowledge and understanding that I received.

  2. Agnes - November 18, 2013 at 3:31 am

    I enjoyed reading these 9 gifts of the holy spirit, it really made me feel anxious to be filled with the holy spirit. It is my long time desire that I be filled with these gifts especially of praying in new tounges, I pray to God that the promise be fulfilled in my spiritual life. Amen

    • Jesus Burgos - July 11, 2016 at 10:21 am

      He will just speak it and pray for it.

  3. Anwar - March 28, 2014 at 12:28 am

    I greatly enjoyed the article about the 9 gifts of the Holy Spirit. I am filled with hope that my comings days are going to be brighter under the Holy Spirit leadership. Thanks a lot

  4. Pastor Francis - August 22, 2014 at 7:04 pm

    Many preachers are criticizing these gifts when they should be teaching them (They have not experienced them) this article is a confirmation by divine wisdom. May the Lord reveal mysteries to make you a well of divine knowledge AMEN.

    • Gary Robinson - April 13, 2016 at 7:10 am

      I cannot recall an instance in the New Testament where someone interpreted someone speaking in tongues. Is there an example in the New Testament I can point to? Thank you.

  5. Priscilla Maramba - November 29, 2014 at 6:20 am

    What an incredible wealth of knowledge that you have imparted! I am going to start earnestly praying for God’s revelation of the gifts I should be operating under in my role as a Church Elder. I feel motivated to do more with this fresh understanding. Thank you so much and may God give you more insights to share with His children.

  6. Faith N - December 9, 2014 at 3:40 pm

    I thank you very much for the advice you are giving us,surely God bless you and rain more anointing on you.Amen.I have to say I operate through many of the gifts you have listed.lately am going through a lot of critism from the members of my church for telling them I hear God speaking to me audibly.most of the times I find myself under scrutiny that it’s witchcraft.Please I beg you to write more on this subject and inform people that the God of Abraham,isaac,Jacob,Joseph,moses,Paul etc is the same God today,and if he so chooses can find favour in his children today and loudly proclaim his existence.I need prayer to stand firm in what I am with the Lord.He is surely coming soon.hallelujah.

    • veronikachaile - December 4, 2016 at 8:28 am

      Thankyou for the massage about the fruits of the spirits.am blessed with this wonderful massage and my spirit has been nourished.Thankful may God continue. to use you.Shalom.Veronica chaile

    • Tom Sanders - April 4, 2017 at 9:22 pm

      Faith,
      I realize that it is now three years later.
      But please don’t be discouraged.
      Obviously you are referring to a non believing church.
      Time to change.
      I have spoke many times in Tongues at a men’s bible study, and it has been interpreted by others.
      This last Sunday I spoke a message in tongues when we were praying for healing for a lady, God also had me interpret the message.
      Please listen to God, and not man.
      Tom

  7. Roberta Burckardt - January 8, 2015 at 4:12 am

    I want to thank you for all the wealth of knowledge the Holy Spirit has imparted to you. You are a blessing and are truly called by God. I will continue to learn through your articles and ask the Holy Spirit for the gifts He wants to impart to me. I thank you but most of all thank the Holy Spirit for using you. I pray I will be a vessel for His honor and glory!
    GOd Bless!

  8. TAMUO Henry Tangunu - January 26, 2015 at 11:37 am

    I was blessed enjoyed the study.I pray that in the next edition or the revision of this, many Biblical examples of the manifestation of each gift be given. May His grace abound in your life. Amen

  9. Lourens - April 23, 2015 at 11:54 pm

    This teaching on the gifts of the Holy Spirit is so helpful, clear and easy to understand. This is a wonderful website. Please continue the good work!

  10. funmi olu - June 27, 2015 at 10:16 am

    This teaching has really given me great insight about the 9 gifts of the Spirit. I can now clearly identify the ones I have. God bless you for this teaching

  11. Jack - July 5, 2015 at 11:28 am

    Thank you for this article and the series. May I make a suggestion for the article on the interpretation of tongues? To “interpret” is to get to the gist of that which the Holy Spirit is praying about with the gift of tongues. For example, I may pray in tongues for 30 seconds before I feel the Spirit’s release and conclude praying, but the interpretation may be just a few words, such as it was a prayer for a loved one to be set free from the fear of man. Conversely, “Translation” is a word for word rendering of what was spoken into a person’s native language. I have on occasion met people who are unfamiliar with the Spiritual gifts who expect a translation of tongues rather than an interpretation, and who discount the validity of an interpretation simply because fewer words were used in interpretation than the tongue that was originally spoken.

    Again, thank you for this article series. Jack

  12. jules - July 14, 2015 at 10:06 pm

    This was very educational.I didn’t knew all the gifts of the Holy Spirit.so I thank you for your explaination.It is greatly appreciated.

  13. Maribeth - August 17, 2015 at 2:56 am

    I search for an article for I want to understand more on the gifts of the Holy Spirit. I was longing for the answer of what had happen to me days ago and in your article I was delighted because I found some answer. I was grateful and thankful for the gift the I have recieve from God and the Holy Spirit. This is the third time that I experienced the gift of interpretation of tongue. I want to know more about gift of interpretation of the tongues. Is this controllable? Someone tells me to control but I can’t. Hope you can email me back for more understanding about this gift. Thank you.

  14. Darren - January 13, 2016 at 10:36 pm

    Thank you for this wonderful interpretation about the 9 gifts. From time to time I have experienced at least 3 gifts from the lord. This knowledge base has given me a greater insight into His devine power. Thank you and God bless.

  15. William Orris - March 16, 2016 at 7:40 pm

    Hi

    I would like to add my thanks for your shared insights to the Gifts of the Holy Spirit.
    I have a question pertaining to Acts 19:1-10 where Paul ask the Ephesian believers if they had received the Holy Spirit since they believed. At face value this would seem to imply that they were born again…had received the forgiveness of sins…the blood of Christ had been applied to their hearts and the Holy Spirit had baptized them into Jesus Christ. (1Cor: 12:13). As the text continues, Paul laid his hands on them to receive the Holy Spirit. So, if a person was concerned if they had been baptized into the Holy Spirit…an activity that only Jesus would perform (see John the Baptists message) where are the men today who possess the Holy Spirit, that have the faith to lay their hands on someone with the manifested gifts you have just expounded on?

    Thanks for your time

    • Adam - May 12, 2016 at 11:57 am

      One could understand the Acts passage differently. The baptism of John was one of general repentance and pointing forward to the messiah. Their baptism was not into Christ’s name and not unto salvation, which is evidenced by vs 4-5. “John indeed baptized with a baptism of repentance, saying to the people that they should believe on Him who would come after him, that is, on Christ Jesus.”. Now note carefully, “when they had heard this, they were baptized in the name of the Lord Jesus. That is, when they heard the full gospel, and came to believe in Christ, they were baptized in His name. I do not believe these people were born again prior to this. The scripture is very clear that all who are saved, who have Christ, also have the Holy Spirit dwelling inside as a deposit.

      I do not believe that we need apostles or modern equivalents to “impart” these gifts. The Lord God is the gift giver, not men. We, His children, have His Spirit. I think this is why Paul urges believers to stir up the gift, or don’t forsake the gifts, I believe we all have gifts given by our God at conversion. We were saved for a purpose, and that purpose I believe is to minister, preach, teach, heal, advance His kingodm etc… I would urge you to seek the gift giver and an area of service, and I believe our God will Fully equip you with His gifts by His Spirit to achieve all His purposes.

  16. Apostle Japie van Schalkwyk - April 25, 2016 at 8:53 pm

    This is really mind blowing may the great Lord use you more to open up His secrets and cover you under His blood when exposing satan and his demons.

  17. Kajuju.A - May 21, 2016 at 7:32 am

    Thank you for the teaching on the 9 gifts of the holy spirit. It is clear to understand them and how they operate. I now can be able to identify them when at work and what to do.
    A wonderful website, continue advancing the kingdom of God through this way.God bless abundantly

  18. Fifihills - July 9, 2016 at 1:48 am

    I recently done fasting and praying for 3days. I noticed and observed the word of knowledge, visions and the holy spirit giving me messsages for people.
    This website has me understand with examples because i was thinking where are these coming from, it was new to me. I also got confirmations for these messages. I had no knowledge of these gifts.
    I speak in tongues and interprete through the help of the holy spirit, but was not aware it was a gift.
    Some prophecies i have not shared them with the individuals because of fear and not knowing how to pass the message across to the individals, and also because it’s all new to me.
    I prayed for spritual growth but i dn’t know what it meant.
    The website has really help me understand with bible verses backing them.
    Thanks…

  19. Gary C. Scott - July 10, 2016 at 7:33 pm

    I am so grateful that my friend and fiancé gave me this to read, and I pray that God blesses me with the gifts He wishes me to have. I thank you for this website. And may God bless and keep you.

  20. Tanya Duke - August 6, 2016 at 2:09 pm

    What an amazing discription of the 9 gifts of the Holy Spirit! I too found this site extremely helpful and beautiful, as well as easy to read and comprehend! I will definitely pass it along.

  21. Freedom Unique Son Of Destiny Aisimiewe - August 19, 2016 at 2:20 am

    Great work here by explaining to an in depth manner the nine gifts of the Holy Spirit, it has helped me to know my gifts from the Holy Spirit and how best I could manifest them. More Grace upon you for more of such Expository Work…

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