In the Bible ‘speaking in tongues’ means ‘speaking in another language of the world’. We can see this in Acts 2:4-11, where the disciples first started speaking in tongues:

{4} … they [the disciples] were all filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak in other tongues as the Spirit gave them utterance. {5} Now there were dwelling in Jerusalem Jews, devout men from every nation under heaven. {6} And at this sound the multitude came together, and they were bewildered, because each one was hearing them speak in his own language. {7} And they were amazed and astonished, saying, “Are not all these who are speaking Galileans? {8} And how is it that we hear, each of us in his own native language? {9} Parthians and Medes and Elamites and residents of Mesopotamia, Judea and Cappadocia, Pontus and Asia, {10} Phrygia and Pamphylia, Egypt and the parts of Libya belonging to Cyrene, and visitors from Rome, {11} both Jews and proselytes, Cretans and Arabians—we hear them telling in our own tongues the mighty works of God.”

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