The Interpretation of Tongues

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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.


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  1. Hello. Has anyone ever heard of drawing symbols in the air with a hand while praying in tongues? My friend does this and they are looking for answers. My friend explained that they felt that they were symbols representing their prayer language and had specific meanings. My friend doesn’t remember any of the symbols afterward, but managed to write one that they remember as important down while praying. My friend did an image search of the symbol afterward and found nothing. They do not remember the meaning of this symbol either. Has this ever happened to anyone else?

    • If your friend spoke in tongues, was there also an interpretation of the tongues? I recall the story in the bible where God’s hand wrote something on the wall and no one could interpret it except Daniel. It sounds like it was something like that.

  2. I beleve I have a measure of the gift of Word of knowledge. But that alone is not enough to have an effective soul winning outreach. I have been desiring to operate in the gifts of healings, working of miracles, and discernment of spirits for effective ministry. I have been praying to The Holy Spirit because these gifts will make soul winning out reaches most effective because people will believe when they see. I have taken out to fast and pray to receive the gifts but I still don’t function in them. By God’s grace I am a “bona fide” minister of Christ. Please is there any reason why l can’t receive these gifts?

    • Allow the holy Spirit of God to do a deeper work in you the hunger what you are feeling is free gift from God to draw you more closer to deeper realm of God do follow while he leads

    • Hello, My first question is do you speak in tongues, have you activated your prayer language thru the Spirit to the Father? If so, search deeply that your request is pure. We may believe we are not doing it for selfish reasons but is it true?? Also, make sure you have repented of all transgressions and forgive ALL transgressions against you. Remember Holy Spirit gives according to His will, we may ask but it doesn’t mean we will receive. You say you have a measure of gift of knowledge, He may want you to be strong in this gift first??

    • Its because these gifts are sign gifts and no longer apply to us as Christians , it say’s in Matthew 12:39.But he answered and said unto them, An evil and adulterous generation seeketh after a sign; and there shall no sign be given to it, but the sign of the prophet Jonas: 1 Corinthians 14:22 Wherefore tongues are for a sign, not to them that believe, but to them that believe not: but prophesying serveth not for them that believe not, but for them which believe. the Apostles were given these gifts as signs , remember the Just shall live by Faith Hebrews 10:38

    • Hi E.Paul. The scriptures indicate that God has given us the gifts of the Spirit severally as He wills. He has given different gifts to different people so the body of Christ can work together to fulfill the needs of the Kingdom of God. Since it is God who bestows the gifts it appears that , at least for now, you have been entrusted with the word of knowledge. I would suggest that you be still and trust God to entrust you with additional gifts as He sees fit. Maybe it would be beneficial to change from asking God to gift you with specific gifts to asking Him to equip you with the gifts that He desires you to operate in.

  3. I recently began singing from the spirit, that is, singing in tongues. One day, while singing, the Holy spirit translated the words I was singing and it was a Holy God honoring psalm – but today I do not remember the lyrics lol. . . But now I do it all the time, that is, singing in tongues.

  4. Very Often i was led to pray in tongues all of a sudden. this goes for 10 to 15 Minutes. But i could not have any interpretation of what i have prayed in tongues. Sometimes the tongues were changing frequently while praying. Since 1 Year when am speaking to my friends my tongue slips and get’s into praying in tongues . Could you guide me how shall i proceed.

  5. I’ve noticed that when I begin to pray in unknown tongues, it is always interesting what I may hear, or the sounds that come forth from my mouth because it is generally always different. With that in mind, does anyone have any practical experience in interpreting their own tongues? What I mean is, it seems hard for me to discern weather or not, the thoughts that come to my mind when I am praying in unknown tongues is the interpretation or my own thoughts. If it is indeed both, how to determine separate the thoughts from my own, and the interpretation that the Holy Spirit gave me.

    To give an example, if I were to ask the Holy Spirit to interpret these unknown tongues that I am fixing to speak, and/or ask Him in my mind while praying in unknown tongues, I have not felt full assurance weather it is my thoughts only or the interpretation.

    It sure would be great to find someone who has really understood this gifting/manifestation on interpreting tongues as I’d like to be in a place when sharing my testimony with other christian brothers/sisters that I can give them the edification/interpretation for the unknown tongue to build up the church as He wills.

    • Hey J. I have recently and it was wonderful. So from what I understood, you are asking whether it is possible to interpret tongues and how to recognise it. I have an answer for that in this post. I hope you don’t mind reading because this will be quite long.

      So I was just praying with a group of friends and I was praying and the Lord prompted one of us to pray in tongues and ask for the interpretation. We were then going to share what God said at the end of the session.

      We started praying and personally, when I started speaking, I started understanding what I was saying in English. Every thought was spontaneous, speaking of praises to God in Psalms that I knew but didn’t know well.

      After praying, we shared what we got and another friend got the same interpretation as I did, confirming the tongues.

      From this experience, I took away two things that I believe you should:

      1) Desire the gift of the Holy Spirit. First Corinthians 12:31.says that “we must desire the most helpful gifts.” Believe that God can give you the interpretation and ensure your faith is in Him alone. Remember, it is our faith that unlocks God’s heart, not our works.

      2) You will know when it is God. Your doubt is arising from the fact that you are not sure whether God is speaking or not. Don’t doubt! He has already given you recognition of His voice. Don’t look for a particular sound or feeling and just trust that you will recognise Him when He speaks. It sounds easy but it will take some practice. But remember, God has given you recognition of His voice. – “My sheep know my voice. They hear Me and they follow Me.” Jesus said in John 10:27.

      Remember, God will always confirm His word and sometimes it takes you taking a leap of faith and trusting that what you hear is from Him. He will gently lead you to His voice.

      I hope this helps.

      Father thank you for J. Thank you for all the things you are doing in his/her life. I pray that this word may be a seed that produces a fruitful relationship with You. May you bless their finances, their life and may they flourish as they flourish in their relationship with you. May this help them in all things and may they continually pursue you. In Jesus name, Amen!

      • Oct 16, 2019 3:48 am
        Thank you Katai!
        I read your reply to J; I’ve been having the same question for such a long time! It’s comforting that one other in your group received the same interpretation. This has helped me also; thank you so much! Now, why would I not ever think to ask Him, when I ask Him everything else? I ask Him where I
        left my cell phone, my keys, my purse! Where does He want me to read before I begin my praise and worship? And I don’t to ask this? You’ve got your mind in gear; I lost mine!

        Thanks again!

    • When you have these thoughts, just start speaking them out loud and watch what God will do. You will be amazed

    • This gift requires your total submission to God. your ear (Your Spiritual Ear that is) must be tuned in to His frequency at all times. Remove yourself from around all of your distractions and the end result will be whatever you desire. Jesus Christ told His disciples to pickup your cross and follow me!! You have to make the decision to fully follow Him. Don’t just ask for carnal things in fact take God out of the box you have Him in. He operates better when we see Him greater than the box.

  6. This is where you need to pray for discernment that the both of you are actually hearing or feeling from the Lord that these people do or do not have the gift of tongues or interpretation of tongues.

  7. I was taking a course in koine Greek when this Greek professor told of an experience that he had with a tongue speaking group at an AOG church. He went to one of their meetings and rattled off one of the Psalm in Greek. He then related that this woman got up and gave an interpretation that was totally different from the Psalm. When he revealed what he had done, the entire group broke up in total bedlam. What this tells me is that those who claim to have the gift of interpretation really do not and I would suspect that many who claim the gift of tongues really do not but simply are babblers, having deceived themselves.

    • Amen. I believe there are many people who have deceived themselves into thinking they can speak in tongues or they “prophesy” over others in vague generalities that could fill a horoscope in the Times Union paper. I believe that the people of God need to practice more discernment.

      • And discernment is one of the gifts of the Spirit. I believe you and I am saddened.
        I’m preaching on this tonight. Please do not let the fake turn you off to the real thing.Please know that the existence of a COPY is proof than the ORIGINAL or real thing does exist.

        • I agree Barbara! I have read something written in Hebrew before and I asked the Holy Spirit what it said and they Holy Spirit told me exactly what it said…. I copied and pasted the text into Google Translate later which is how I confirmed that I heard the Holy Spirit correctly in interpreting the Hebrew that I certainly didn’t know.

      • Interpretation of tongues is not the direst word for word translation of the utterance that was spoken, but rather God supernaturally allowing the interpreter to explain the meaning of the utterance, this explanation uplifts and comforts.

        • Bingo! Interpretation has started happening to me (I kinda wish it wasn’t). But I’m finding sometimes I understand certain words and other times I know a general understanding of what I’m saying, like I knew what I was praying for but not like literal word for word.

          It mostly seems to be Bible verses but not exclusively. I don’t know, I’m still learning here

        • I would be afraid to play games like that with the Holy Spirit. I’m sure He doesn’t take it lightly when people make fun of things they should hold in reverence. I wonder how that came back to bite them later?

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