“For anyone who speaks in a tongue does not speak to people but to God. Indeed, no one understands them; they utter mysteries by the Spirit”

(1 Corinthians 14:2).


Another misconception many people have about speaking in tongues is that it must be done in human languages. They get this idea from 1 Cor 13:1 which says:  “Though I speak with the tongues of men and of angels, and have not charity, I am become as sounding brass, or a tinkling cymbal.”


Such people erroneously assume that speaking in tongues could literally be in ‘tongues of men’ or ‘tongues of angels.’ But that is not the case; here the bible is using a figure of speech referred to as hyperbole. A hyperbole is an exaggeration for the purpose of emphasis. The Apostle Paul was saying that no matter how well you speak in tongues, your claim to faith counts for nothing if you do not show love to those around you.


1 Corinthians 14:2 speaking about the man in Christ says: “Indeed, no one understands them; they utter mysteries by the Spirit.” This should be clear enough. If speaking in tongues was in human language, the bible would not say that “no one understands them.”


The person who speaks in tongues utters mysteries in the spirit. That is God’s desire for every believer.