Acts 2:4

Verse 4. To speak with other tongues] At the building of Babel

the language of the people was confounded; and, in consequence of

this, they became scattered over the face of the earth: at this

foundation of the Christian Church, the gift of various

languages was given to the apostles, that the scattered nations

might be gathered; and united under one shepherd and

superintendent (επισκοπος) of all souls.

As the Spirit gave them utterance.] The word αποφθεγγεσθαι seems

to imply such utterance as proceeded from immediate inspiration,

and included oracular communications.

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