“Tongue”, “Language”- Glossary


Webster’s Dictionary

Glos.so.la.li.a – An ecstatic or apparently ecstatic utterance of unintelligible speechlike sounds, viewed by some as a manifestation of deep religious experience.


The Greek word glvssa  “glossa” means both “tongue” and “language”; as is also true in English, tongue can mean the organ or the language.


The Bible makes it clear when it should be “tongue” and when it should be “language”.  Whenever glvssa  (glossa) is in the Greek text with the article [the], it should always be translated “the tongue” or “the tongues”.  Further; whenever glvssa (glossa) is in the singular with the word pas, (pas) [“all’ or “every”], it too is “tongue”.  All other cased, glvssa (glossa) should be “language”.


The King James translates glvssa (glossa) tongues fifty (50) times all tongues with no differentiation between tongues and languages.