'Language' in the Bible
from whom the coastal nations spread into their own lands and nations, each with their own language and family groups.
These are Ham's descendants, listed by their families, each with their own lands, language, and family groups.
These are Shem's descendants, listed by their families, each with their own lands, language, and family groups.
There was a time when the entire earth spoke a common language with an identical vocabulary.
The LORD said, "Look! They are one people with the same language for all of them, and this is only the beginning of what they will do. Nothing that they have a mind to do will be impossible for them!
Come on! Let's go down there and confuse their language, so that they won't understand each other's speech."
Therefore it was called Babylon, because there the LORD confused the language of all the earth, and from there the LORD scattered them over the surface of the entire earth.
it will be a nation whose language you don't understand, whose stern appearance neither shows regard nor extends grace to anyone whether old or young.
At this, Hilkiah's son Eliakim, Shebnah, and Joah asked Rab-shakeh, "Please speak to your servants in Aramaic, because we understand it, but don't speak the language of Judah to us within the hearing of the people who are on the wall."
His spokesmen shouted these things out with loud voices in the language of Judah to frighten and terrify the people of Jerusalem who were stationed on the city walls, to make it easier to conquer the city.
While Artaxerxes was king of Persia, Bishlam, Mithredath, Tabeel, and the rest of their co-conspirators wrote in the Aramaic language and script to King Artaxerxes of Persia. Aramaic:
Furthermore, their children spoke half of the time in the language of Ashdod, and could not speak in the language of Judah. Instead, they spoke in the languages of various nations.
He sent letters to all the provinces of the king, written in the script of that province, and to each people in their own language, ordering that every man should be the master in his house and speak the language of his own people.
The king's scribes were summoned on the thirteenth day of the first month, and all that Haman commanded was written to the regional authorities of the king, to the governors who were over each province, and to the officials of each people. This order was translated in the name of King Ahasuerus into the language of each province and bore the seal of the king's signet ring.
The king's scribes were summoned at that time, on the twenty-third day of the third month, which is the month Sivan, and everything that Mordecai commanded the Jewish people, the regional authorities, the governors, and the provincial officials of the 127 provinces from India to Cush was written down for each province according to its script, for each people according to their language, and for the Jewish people according to their script and language.
Because your sin dictates your speech, you have chosen the language of the crafty.
a decree that he prescribed for Joseph when he went throughout the land of Egypt, speaking a language I did not recognize.
At that time, there will be five cities in the land of Egypt that speak the language of Canaan and swear allegiance to the LORD of the Heavenly Armies. One of them will be called the City of the Sun.
No longer will you see those arrogant people, those people with their obscure speech you cannot comprehend, stammering in a language you cannot understand.
People of Israel, I'm now bringing a nation from far away to attack you," declares the LORD. "It is an enduring nation, an ancient nation, a nation whose language you don't know. And you won't understand what they say.
because you're not going to a people whose speech you cannot understand or whose language is difficult to speak. Instead, you're going to the house of Israel.
This isn't a large group of people whose speech is unintelligible to you or whose language is difficult for you to comprehend. Frankly, if I had sent you to that kind of people, they would certainly have listened to you!
They were to be young men without physical defect, handsome in appearance, skilled in all wisdom, quick to learn, prudent in how they used knowledge, and capable of serving in the king's palace. They were to learn the literature and language of the Chaldeans.
"Blessed be the God of Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego! He sent his angel to deliver his servants who trusted in him. They disobeyed the king's command and were willing to risk their lives in order not to serve or worship any god except their own God. So I decree that people from any nation or language who say anything against the God of Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego will be destroyed and their house reduced to rubble, because there is no other god who can save like this."
Indeed, then I will return my people to a pure language so that they all may call upon the name of the LORD, serving him with a united will.
"I have said these things to you in figurative language. The time is coming when I will no longer speak to you in figurative language, but will tell you plainly about the Father.
Jesus' disciples said, "Well, now you're speaking plainly and not using figurative language.
This became known to all the residents of Jerusalem, so that this field is called in their language Hakeldama, that is, "The Field of Blood".)
When that sound came, a crowd quickly gathered, startled because each one heard the disciples speaking in his own language.
So how is it that each one of us hears them speaking in his own native language:
When the crowds saw what Paul had done, they shouted in the Lycaonian language, "The gods have become like men and have come down to us!"
The tribune gave him permission, and Paul, standing on the steps, motioned for the people to be silent. When everyone had quieted down, he spoke to them in the Hebrew language:
"All of us fell to the ground, and I heard a voice asking me in the Hebrew language, "Saul! Saul! Why are you persecuting me? It is hurting you to keep on kicking against the cattle prods.'
For this is the language of the promise: "At this time I will return, and Sarah will have a son."
When I came to you, brothers, I didn't come and tell you about God's secret with rhetorical language or wisdom.
For the person who speaks in a foreign language is not actually speaking to people but to God. Indeed, no one understands him, because he is talking about secrets by the Spirit.
The person who speaks in a foreign language builds himself up, but the person who prophesies builds up the church.
Now I wish that all of you could speak in foreign languages, but especially that you could prophesy. The person who prophesies is more important than the person who speaks in a foreign language, unless he interprets it so that the church may be built up.
In the same way, unless you speak an intelligible message with your language, how will anyone know what is being said? You'll be talking into the air!
If I don't know the meaning of the language, I will be a foreigner to the speaker and the speaker will be a foreigner to me.
Therefore, the person who speaks in a foreign language should pray for the ability to interpret it.
For if I pray in a foreign language, my spirit prays but my mind is not productive.
But in church I would rather speak five words with my mind to instruct others than 10,000 words in a foreign language.
What, then, does this mean, brothers? When you gather, everyone has a psalm, teaching, revelation, foreign language, or interpretation. Everything must be done for upbuilding.
If anyone speaks in a foreign language, only two or three at the most should do so, one at a time, and somebody must interpret.
They sang a new song: "You are worthy to take the scroll and open its seals, because you were slaughtered. With your blood you purchased people for God from every tribe, language, people, and nation.
After these things, I looked, and there was a crowd so large that no one was able to count it! They were from every nation, tribe, people, and language. They were standing in front of the throne and the lamb and were wearing white robes, with palm branches in their hands.
It was allowed to wage war against the saints and to conquer them. It was also given authority over every tribe, people, language, and nation.
Then I saw another angel flying overhead with the eternal gospel to proclaim to those who live on earth to every nation, tribe, language, and people.