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Theasaurus: Language

40 Bible Verses about Language

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Genesis 11:1

The whole earth was of one language and of one speech.

Zephaniah 3:9

For then I will purify the lips of the peoples, that they may all call on the name of Yahweh, to serve him shoulder to shoulder.

Genesis 11:9

Therefore its name was called Babel, because there Yahweh confused the language of all the earth. From there, Yahweh scattered them abroad on the surface of all the earth.

Genesis 11:6

Yahweh said, "Behold, they are one people, and they have all one language, and this is what they begin to do. Now nothing will be withheld from them, which they intend to do.

1 Corinthians 14:9

So also you, unless you uttered by the tongue words easy to understand, how would it be known what is spoken? For you would be speaking into the air.

1 Corinthians 14:27

If any man speaks in another language, let it be two, or at the most three, and in turn; and let one interpret.

1 Corinthians 14:2

For he who speaks in another language speaks not to men, but to God; for no one understands; but in the Spirit he speaks mysteries.

1 Corinthians 14:5

Now I desire to have you all speak with other languages, but rather that you would prophesy. For he is greater who prophesies than he who speaks with other languages, unless he interprets, that the assembly may be built up.

Revelation 7:9

After these things I looked, and behold, a great multitude, which no man could number, out of every nation and of all tribes, peoples, and languages, standing before the throne and before the Lamb, dressed in white robes, with palm branches in their hands.

1 Corinthians 14:4

He who speaks in another language edifies himself, but he who prophesies edifies the assembly.

Acts 2:6

When this sound was heard, the multitude came together, and were bewildered, because everyone heard them speaking in his own language.

Isaiah 28:11

But he will speak to this nation with stammering lips and in another language;

John 16:25

I have spoken these things to you in figures of speech. But the time is coming when I will no more speak to you in figures of speech, but will tell you plainly about the Father.

Deuteronomy 28:49

Yahweh will bring a nation against you from far, from the end of the earth, as the eagle flies; a nation whose language you shall not understand;

1 Corinthians 14:19

However in the assembly I would rather speak five words with my understanding, that I might instruct others also, than ten thousand words in another language.

Acts 2:8

How do we hear, everyone in our own native language?

1 John 4:5

They are of the world. Therefore they speak of the world, and the world hears them.

From Thematic Bible


Language » Interpretation of » Most important in the early church

1 Corinthians 14:13

Therefore let him who speaks in another language pray that he may interpret.

1 Corinthians 14:5

Now I desire to have you all speak with other languages, but rather that you would prophesy. For he is greater who prophesies than he who speaks with other languages, unless he interprets, that the assembly may be built up.

1 Corinthians 14:27-28

If any man speaks in another language, let it be two, or at the most three, and in turn; and let one interpret. But if there is no interpreter, let him keep silent in the assembly, and let him speak to himself, and to God.

Language » Interpretation of » The jews punished by being given up to people of a strange

Jeremiah 5:15

Behold, I will bring a nation on you from far, house of Israel," says Yahweh. "It is a mighty nation. It is an ancient nation, a nation whose language you don't know, neither understand what they say.

Deuteronomy 28:49

Yahweh will bring a nation against you from far, from the end of the earth, as the eagle flies; a nation whose language you shall not understand;

Isaiah 28:11

But he will speak to this nation with stammering lips and in another language;

Language » Gift of

Acts 2:7-8

They were all amazed and marveled, saying to one another, "Behold, aren't all these who speak Galileans? How do we hear, everyone in our own native language?

Acts 10:46

For they heard them speaking in other languages and magnifying God. Then Peter answered,

Language » Power of speaking different » Sometimes abused

1 Corinthians 14:23

If therefore the whole assembly is assembled together and all speak with other languages, and unlearned or unbelieving people come in, won't they say that you are crazy?

1 Corinthians 14:2-12

For he who speaks in another language speaks not to men, but to God; for no one understands; but in the Spirit he speaks mysteries. But he who prophesies speaks to men for their edification, exhortation, and consolation. He who speaks in another language edifies himself, but he who prophesies edifies the assembly. read more.
Now I desire to have you all speak with other languages, but rather that you would prophesy. For he is greater who prophesies than he who speaks with other languages, unless he interprets, that the assembly may be built up. But now, brothers, if I come to you speaking with other languages, what would I profit you, unless I speak to you either by way of revelation, or of knowledge, or of prophesying, or of teaching? Even things without life, giving a voice, whether pipe or harp, if they didn't give a distinction in the sounds, how would it be known what is piped or harped? For if the trumpet gave an uncertain sound, who would prepare himself for war? So also you, unless you uttered by the tongue words easy to understand, how would it be known what is spoken? For you would be speaking into the air. There are, it may be, so many kinds of sounds in the world, and none of them is without meaning. If then I don't know the meaning of the sound, I would be to him who speaks a foreigner, and he who speaks would be a foreigner to me. So also you, since you are zealous for spiritual gifts, seek that you may abound to the building up of the assembly.

Language » Confusion of » Divided men into separate nations

Genesis 10:5

Of these were the islands of the nations divided in their lands, everyone after his language, after their families, in their nations.

Genesis 10:20

These are the sons of Ham, after their families, after their languages, in their lands, in their nations.

Genesis 10:31

These are the sons of Shem, after their families, after their languages, in their lands, after their nations.

Language » Ancient kingdoms often comprehended nations of different

Daniel 6:25

Then king Darius wrote to all the peoples, nations, and languages, who dwell in all the earth: Peace be multiplied to you.

Esther 1:22

for he sent letters into all the king's provinces, into every province according to its writing, and to every people in their language, that every man should rule his own house, speaking in the language of his own people.

Daniel 3:4

Then the herald cried aloud, To you it is commanded, peoples, nations, and languages,

Language » Kinds of, mentioned » Egyptian

Acts 2:10

Phrygia, Pamphylia, Egypt, the parts of Libya around Cyrene, visitors from Rome, both Jews and proselytes,

Psalm 81:5

He appointed it in Joseph for a testimony, when he went out over the land of Egypt, I heard a language that I didn't know.

Psalm 114:1

When Israel went forth out of Egypt, the house of Jacob from a people of foreign language;

Language » Mentioned in scripture » Syrian

Daniel 2:4

Then spoke the Chaldeans to the king in the Syrian language, O king, live forever: tell your servants the dream, and we will show the interpretation.

2 Kings 18:26

Then Eliakim the son of Hilkiah, and Shebnah, and Joah, said to Rabshakeh, "Please speak to your servants in the Syrian language; for we understand it. Don't speak with us in the Jews' language, in the hearing of the people who are on the wall."

Ezra 4:7

In the days of Artaxerxes wrote Bishlam, Mithredath, Tabeel, and the rest of his companions, to Artaxerxes king of Persia; and the writing of the letter was written in the Syrian [character], and set forth in the Syrian [language].

Language » Of all mankind one at first

Genesis 11:6

Yahweh said, "Behold, they are one people, and they have all one language, and this is what they begin to do. Now nothing will be withheld from them, which they intend to do.

Genesis 11:1

The whole earth was of one language and of one speech.

Language » Kinds of, mentioned » Hebrew

Acts 26:14

When we had all fallen to the earth, I heard a voice saying to me in the Hebrew language, 'Saul, Saul, why are you persecuting me? It is hard for you to kick against the goads.'

2 Kings 18:28

Then Rabshakeh stood, and cried with a loud voice in the Jews' language, and spoke, saying, "Hear the word of the great king, the king of Assyria.

Language » Called » Tongue

Acts 1:19

It became known to everyone who lived in Jerusalem that in their language that field was called 'Akeldama,' that is, 'The field of blood.'

Language » Kinds of, mentioned » Syriac

2 Kings 18:26

Then Eliakim the son of Hilkiah, and Shebnah, and Joah, said to Rabshakeh, "Please speak to your servants in the Syrian language; for we understand it. Don't speak with us in the Jews' language, in the hearing of the people who are on the wall."

Ezra 4:7

In the days of Artaxerxes wrote Bishlam, Mithredath, Tabeel, and the rest of his companions, to Artaxerxes king of Persia; and the writing of the letter was written in the Syrian [character], and set forth in the Syrian [language].

Language » Called » Speech

Mark 14:70

But he again denied it. After a little while again those who stood by said to Peter, "You truly are one of them, for you are a Galilean, and your speech shows it."

Acts 14:11

When the multitude saw what Paul had done, they lifted up their voice, saying in the language of Lycaonia, "The gods have come down to us in the likeness of men!"

Language » Confusion of

Genesis 11:1-9

The whole earth was of one language and of one speech. It happened, as they traveled east, that they found a plain in the land of Shinar, and they lived there. They said one to another, "Come, let's make bricks, and burn them thoroughly." They had brick for stone, and they used tar for mortar. read more.
They said, "Come, let's build ourselves a city, and a tower whose top reaches to the sky, and let's make ourselves a name, lest we be scattered abroad on the surface of the whole earth." Yahweh came down to see the city and the tower, which the children of men built. Yahweh said, "Behold, they are one people, and they have all one language, and this is what they begin to do. Now nothing will be withheld from them, which they intend to do. Come, let's go down, and there confuse their language, that they may not understand one another's speech." So Yahweh scattered them abroad from there on the surface of all the earth. They stopped building the city. Therefore its name was called Babel, because there Yahweh confused the language of all the earth. From there, Yahweh scattered them abroad on the surface of all the earth.

Genesis 10:5

Of these were the islands of the nations divided in their lands, everyone after his language, after their families, in their nations.

Genesis 10:20

These are the sons of Ham, after their families, after their languages, in their lands, in their nations.

Genesis 10:31

These are the sons of Shem, after their families, after their languages, in their lands, after their nations.

Language » Power of speaking different » Conferred by laying on of the apostles' hands

Acts 8:17

Then they laid their hands on them, and they received the Holy Spirit.

Language » Many spoken at jerusalem

John 19:20

Therefore many of the Jews read this title, for the place where Jesus was crucified was near the city; and it was written in Hebrew, in Latin, and in Greek.

Acts 2:8-11

How do we hear, everyone in our own native language? Parthians, Medes, Elamites, and people from Mesopotamia, Judea, Cappadocia, Pontus, Asia, Phrygia, Pamphylia, Egypt, the parts of Libya around Cyrene, visitors from Rome, both Jews and proselytes, read more.
Cretans and Arabians: we hear them speaking in our languages the mighty works of God!"

Language » Power of speaking different » A sign to unbelievers

1 Corinthians 14:22

Therefore other languages are for a sign, not to those who believe, but to the unbelieving; but prophesying is for a sign, not to the unbelieving, but to those who believe.

Language » Power of speaking different » A gift of the holy ghost

Language » Mentioned in scripture » Latin

John 19:20

Therefore many of the Jews read this title, for the place where Jesus was crucified was near the city; and it was written in Hebrew, in Latin, and in Greek.

Language » Interpretation of » A gift of the holy ghost

Language » The term barbarian applied to those who spoke a strange

1 Corinthians 14:11

If then I don't know the meaning of the sound, I would be to him who speaks a foreigner, and he who speaks would be a foreigner to me.

Language » Great variety of, spoken by men

1 Corinthians 14:10

There are, it may be, so many kinds of sounds in the world, and none of them is without meaning.

Language » Mentioned in scripture » Greek

Acts 21:37

As Paul was about to be brought into the barracks, he asked the commanding officer, "May I speak to you?" He said, "Do you know Greek?

Language » Mentioned in scripture » Egyptian

Acts 2:10

Phrygia, Pamphylia, Egypt, the parts of Libya around Cyrene, visitors from Rome, both Jews and proselytes,

Psalm 114:1

When Israel went forth out of Egypt, the house of Jacob from a people of foreign language;

Language » Dialects of the jews

Matthew 26:73

After a little while those who stood by came and said to Peter, "Surely you are also one of them, for your speech makes you known."

Judges 12:6

then they said to him, "Now say 'Shibboleth;'" and he said "Sibboleth;" for he couldn't manage to pronounce it right: then they laid hold of him, and killed him at the fords of the Jordan. At that time, forty-two thousand of Ephraim fell.

Language » Confusion of » A punishment for presumption, &c

Genesis 11:2-6

It happened, as they traveled east, that they found a plain in the land of Shinar, and they lived there. They said one to another, "Come, let's make bricks, and burn them thoroughly." They had brick for stone, and they used tar for mortar. They said, "Come, let's build ourselves a city, and a tower whose top reaches to the sky, and let's make ourselves a name, lest we be scattered abroad on the surface of the whole earth." read more.
Yahweh came down to see the city and the tower, which the children of men built. Yahweh said, "Behold, they are one people, and they have all one language, and this is what they begin to do. Now nothing will be withheld from them, which they intend to do.

Language » Confusion of » Scattered men over the earth

Genesis 11:8-9

So Yahweh scattered them abroad from there on the surface of all the earth. They stopped building the city. Therefore its name was called Babel, because there Yahweh confused the language of all the earth. From there, Yahweh scattered them abroad on the surface of all the earth.

Language » Power of speaking different » Followed receiving the gospel

Acts 10:44-46

While Peter was still speaking these words, the Holy Spirit fell on all those who heard the word. They of the circumcision who believed were amazed, as many as came with Peter, because the gift of the Holy Spirit was also poured out on the Gentiles. For they heard them speaking in other languages and magnifying God. Then Peter answered,

Language » Interpretation of » Antiquity of engaging persons for

Genesis 42:23

They didn't know that Joseph understood them; for there was an interpreter between them.

Language » Of some nations difficult

Ezekiel 3:5-6

For you are not sent to a people of a strange speech and of a hard language, but to the house of Israel; not to many peoples of a strange speech and of a hard language, whose words you can not understand. Surely, if I sent you to them, they would listen to you.

Language » Confusion of » Originated the varieties in

Language » Power of speaking different » Necessary to spread of the gospel

Acts 2:7-11

They were all amazed and marveled, saying to one another, "Behold, aren't all these who speak Galileans? How do we hear, everyone in our own native language? Parthians, Medes, Elamites, and people from Mesopotamia, Judea, Cappadocia, Pontus, Asia, read more.
Phrygia, Pamphylia, Egypt, the parts of Libya around Cyrene, visitors from Rome, both Jews and proselytes, Cretans and Arabians: we hear them speaking in our languages the mighty works of God!"

Language » Power of speaking different » Given on the day of pentecost

Acts 2:3-4

Tongues like fire appeared and were distributed to them, and one sat on each of them. They were all filled with the Holy Spirit, and began to speak with other languages, as the Spirit gave them the ability to speak.

Language » Power of speaking different » Promised

Language » Kinds of, mentioned » Lycaonian

Acts 14:11

When the multitude saw what Paul had done, they lifted up their voice, saying in the language of Lycaonia, "The gods have come down to us in the likeness of men!"

Language » Kinds of, mentioned » Chaldee

Daniel 1:4

youths in whom was no blemish, but well-favored, and skillful in all wisdom, and endowed with knowledge, and understanding science, and such as had ability to stand in the king's palace; and that he should teach them the learning and the language of the Chaldeans.

Language » Kinds of, mentioned » Greek

Acts 21:37

As Paul was about to be brought into the barracks, he asked the commanding officer, "May I speak to you?" He said, "Do you know Greek?

Language » Kinds of, mentioned » Latin

Language » Mentioned in scripture » Parthian and other lands

Acts 2:9-11

Parthians, Medes, Elamites, and people from Mesopotamia, Judea, Cappadocia, Pontus, Asia, Phrygia, Pamphylia, Egypt, the parts of Libya around Cyrene, visitors from Rome, both Jews and proselytes, Cretans and Arabians: we hear them speaking in our languages the mighty works of God!"

Language » Kinds of, mentioned » Arabic, &c

Acts 2:11

Cretans and Arabians: we hear them speaking in our languages the mighty works of God!"

Language » Unity of

Genesis 11:6

Yahweh said, "Behold, they are one people, and they have all one language, and this is what they begin to do. Now nothing will be withheld from them, which they intend to do.

Genesis 11:1

The whole earth was of one language and of one speech.

Language » Mentioned in scripture » Lycaonian

Acts 14:11

When the multitude saw what Paul had done, they lifted up their voice, saying in the language of Lycaonia, "The gods have come down to us in the likeness of men!"

Language » Mentioned in scripture » Ashdod

Nehemiah 13:24

and their children spoke half in the speech of Ashdod, and could not speak in the Jews' language, but according to the language of each people.

Language » Mentioned in scripture » Chaldee

Daniel 1:4

youths in whom was no blemish, but well-favored, and skillful in all wisdom, and endowed with knowledge, and understanding science, and such as had ability to stand in the king's palace; and that he should teach them the learning and the language of the Chaldeans.

Tongue » Language

Revelation 7:9

After these things I looked, and behold, a great multitude, which no man could number, out of every nation and of all tribes, peoples, and languages, standing before the throne and before the Lamb, dressed in white robes, with palm branches in their hands.

Isaiah 66:18

"For I [know] their works and their thoughts: [the time] comes, that I will gather all nations and languages; and they shall come, and shall see my glory.

Genesis 10:5

Of these were the islands of the nations divided in their lands, everyone after his language, after their families, in their nations.

Genesis 10:20

These are the sons of Ham, after their families, after their languages, in their lands, in their nations.

Topics on Language

All Languages

46;14;10

There are, it may be, so many kinds of sounds in the world, and none of them is without meaning.

Aramaic Language

15;4;7

In the days of Artaxerxes wrote Bishlam, Mithredath, Tabeel, and the rest of his companions, to Artaxerxes king of Persia; and the writing of the letter was written in the Syrian [character], and set forth in the Syrian [language].

Bad Language

49;4;29

Let no corrupt speech proceed out of your mouth, but such as is good for building up as the need may be, that it may give grace to those who hear.

Crude Language

51;3;8

but now you also put them all away: anger, wrath, malice, slander, and shameful speaking out of your mouth.

Interpreting Language

1;42;23

They didn't know that Joseph understood them; for there was an interpreter between them.

Languages Confused

1;11;7

Come, let's go down, and there confuse their language, that they may not understand one another's speech."

Languages Mentioned In Scripture

12;18;28

Then Rabshakeh stood, and cried with a loud voice in the Jews' language, and spoke, saying, "Hear the word of the great king, the king of Assyria.

Languages Separated

1;11;7

Come, let's go down, and there confuse their language, that they may not understand one another's speech."

Not Understanding Language

1;11;7

Come, let's go down, and there confuse their language, that they may not understand one another's speech."

Prayer Language

45;8;26

In the same way, the Spirit also helps our weaknesses, for we don't know how to pray as we ought. But the Spirit himself makes intercession for us with groanings which can't be uttered.

Unknown Languages

19;114;1

When Israel went forth out of Egypt, the house of Jacob from a people of foreign language;