All References in Bible Concordance

Regardless of English Translation



Mark 16:15ff (pg. 989) "Go into all the ___________________ and preach the good news to all creation....And these signs will accompany [Greek is follow] those who believe: In my name they will drive out demons; they will speak in new __________________________; they will pick up snakes with their hands; and when they drink deadly poison, it will not hurt them at all; they will place their hands on sick people, and they will get well."


Did each individual new Christians receive all these gifts (1 Corinthians 12:7-11)? _________________


If the gift of tongues still exists today, why aren't certain Christians able to pick up poisonous snakes and drink poison without getting sick and/or dying? _____________________________________________


The word translated "new" is from the Greek "kainos" meaning new. The word for unknown is the Greek "agnoeo or agnostos" (hence agnostic who doesn't know if there is a God). This word is used only three times in the New Testament, and never regarding languages. (See Acts 17:23, 2 Corinthians 6:9, Galatians 1:22).


Acts 2:4 (p. 1056) "All of them were filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak in other _______________________ as the Spirit enabled them."


What does the footnote say the word tongues means? __________________________________________


The word translated "other" is from the Greek "heteros" meaning different.




1:15 How many were present when they selected a replacement for Judas? __________________


2:1 Was Pentecost on the same day? _________________

Who were the "they" referred to as being present that day (check v. 3, 4, 7, 14, 15)? _____________________

Acts 2:7 & 11 "Are not all these ___________________ who are __________________ Galileans? ....we hear them declaring the wonders of God in our ____________________ tongues!"


What does the footnote say the other translation of the word tongues is? __________________________


Did these people hear only Peter speak? _______________

Who did they hear speak? __________________________________________________


Could it possibly have been that each apostle spoke in the language of one of the groups of people, but only Peter's sermon was recorded?


2:14 How many were present when Pentecost came who got the gift? __________

Therefore, how many received this gift to speak in tongues? __________


2:9 How many regions were represented that day (count them below)? ________________________



































Ephesians, Colossians, Timothy, Peter, Revelation























At least five of these regions spoke Greek because letters were sent to them by the Apostles written in Greek. Therefore, not all the regions represented spoke languages different from the others.


2:37 "When the people heard this, they were cut to the heart and said to Peter and the ____________



Was Peter the only one who spoke to the people that day? ___________________

2:6 Who did the people hear so that they were hearing in their own languages? _________________________________________


Acts 10:45f (pg. 1067) "The circumcised believers who had come with Peter were astonished that the gifts of the Holy Spirit had been poured out _______________________ on ________________________________. For they ___________________________ them speaking in ______________________________

and praising God.

The word translated "heard" is from the Greek "akouo" which means to harken with understanding, a form of communication. The same word is used to indicate the fellowship between Jesus and Jehovah (John 8:26, 40) and between Paul and Timothy (2 Timothy 2:2).


If everyone present heard the Gentiles, understanding their communication, was it in an unknown language? _____________________________


Acts 19:6 (pg. 1077) "When Paul placed his hands on them, the Holy Spirit came on them, and they _______________ in tongues and prophesied."


The word translated "spoke" is from the Greek "laleo" meaning to tell something or converse.


Romans 3:13f (pg. 1092) "Their throats are open graves; their tongues practice _______________________________." "The poison of vipers is on their lips." "Their mouths are full of cursing and bitterness."


Would someone using a gift of tongues be lying and cursing? _____________ This word "tongue" is the same word as in all the others above.


Philippians 2:11 (pg. 1139) "...and every tongue ____________________________ that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father."


The word translated "confess" is from the Greek "exomologeo" which is a public acknowledgment, something done openly among others.


Would the public know what was being confessed and knowledged if an unknown language was being used to do so? _____________ _____________________


James 1:26 (pg. 1172) "If anyone considers himself ______________________________ and yet does not keep a tight _______________________________ on his __________________________, he _____________________ himself and his religion is ________________________."


If we use our tongue improperly, what happens to all the religion we are practicing?



James 3:5 "Likewise the tongue is a small part of the body, but it makes great ________________________.

Consider what a great forest is set on fire by a small spark."


If we are boasting in an unknown language, how could anyone else know we were boasting? __________


James 3:6 "The tongue also is a fire, a world of _______________________ among the parts of the body. It corrupts the whole person, sets the whole course of his life on fire, and is itself set on fire by hell."


Left unbridled, the tongue can influence the world, though tiny. And it can change the course of someone's life. If this were an unknown language, how could it possibly hurt anyone else? ____________________


James 3:8 "But no man can tame the tongue. It is a _____________________________ _____________________________, full of ____________________________ poison."


Since the tongue cannot be tamed, it must be bridled (see context). But, once again, could it do any harm at all if this were an unknown language? _______________________


1 Peter 3:8ff (pg. 1178) " in ______________________________ with one another; be ________________________, love as brothers, be ______________________________________ and humble. Do not repay evil with evil or _________________________________ with insult, but with ___________________, because to this you were called so that you may inherit a blessing. For "whoever would ___________________________ life and see __________________________ days must keep his tongue from ________________________ and his lips from _______________ speech."

Could our Christian family know we were insulting or blessing if we were speaking in an unknown tongue?


1 John 3:18 (pg. 1185) "Dear children, let us not love with ___________________ or __________________________ but with actions and in _______________________________."


In context, John is saying our religion should not be just talk. Could others be able to tell whether we were hypocrites if we were speaking in an unknown tongue?


The word translated "word" here comes from the Greek word "logos" meaning logic and reason.


Would an unknown tongue be observed by others to be with logic and reason? _____________________





Matthew 6:7 "And when you _______________________, do not keep on babbling like _________________________, for they think they will be heard because of their __________________ words."


The word translated "babble" is from the Greek "batto-logeo" meaning to speak emptily. ("Logos" means expressed logic.)


Acts 17:18 (pg. 1075) "A group of...philosophers began to dispute with him. Some of them asked, 'What is this babbler trying to _____________________? He seems to be advocating foreign gods.' They said this because Paul was preaching the good news about Jesus and the ___________________________."


The word translated "babble" in this case is from the Greek "sperm-a-logos," meaning to speak words picked up like scraps of food with no real meat to them. ("Logos" means expressed logic.)


These people understood Paul's words. They were insulting him because they disagreed with him.


1 Timothy 6:20 (pg. 1154) "Timothy, guard what has been entrusted to your care. Turn away from godless

__________________________________ and the opposing ideas of what is falsely called

__________________________________, which some have professed and in so doing have

__________________________________ from the ______________________."


The word translated "chatter" is from the Greek word "keno-phonia" which means empty sounds. The KJV translated "godless chatter" to "vain babblings."


2 Timothy 2:16 (pg. 1156) Avoid godless chatter, because those who ___________________________ in it will become more and more ____________________________________.


Same Greek word as above - sounds empty of meaning.




Romans 8:26 (pg. 1097) In the same way, the Spirit helps us in our weakness. We do not know what we ought to pray for, but the Spirit himself intercedes for us with _______________________ that words cannot express.


The word translated "groans" in the Greek is "stenagmos" which means to sigh. This word appears only one other time in the Bible:


Acts 7:34 " people in Egypt. I have heard their groaning...." Were they speaking in an unknown language? ____________







Why Was It Written?


1:10,11 (pg. 1103) Some people from Chloe's household had reported to Paul that the church in Corinth was having _______________________________ among each other.


3:1 They were acting like _______________________.


3:3 They were still ____________________________.


4:6 One man was taking ____________________________ over another.


4:14 & 18 Paul had to write to _________________________ them as children because some had become ________________.


5:6 They were also __________________________________, which was not good.


5:8 Their lives were still full of the yeast of _________________________ and ________________.


6:12 Although things they were doing might be permissible, they were being ___________________ by them.


7:26 They were in the middle of a c____________________.


10:24 They were seeking their own __________________ and not the good of _________________.


11:17 Their MEETINGS were doing more ____________________ than ________________________.


14:36 Some of them were acting like the word of God had __________________________ with them.


2 Corinthians

2:1 In order to avoid making another ___________________________ visit to them.


2:4 Paul was greatly _______________________________ and ____________________________ in heart, and had shed many ________________________ over them.



This Letter was a Reply to Their Letter


1 Corinthians

1:11 Possibly written and delivered by Chloe's household, or maybe they went to see Paul in addition to the letter someone else sent over all their quarrels.


7:1 "Now for the matters you wrote about."



His Reply to Their Letter Divided Into Two Parts


Ch. 7-11a Their Private Christian Lives


7:1ff MARRIAGE: "It is good for a man not to marry...."


8:1ff IDOLATROUS MEALS: "Now about food sacrificed to idols...."


9:1-3 PAYMENT OF PREACHERS: "This is my defense to those who sit in judgment on me...."


10:1ff IDOLATROUS MEALS: Continuation of above




Ch. 11b-16 Their Christian Assembly


11:17-34 KEEPING THE LORD'S SUPPER IN ASSEMBLY: "In the FOLLOWING" directives...your MEETINGS...."


12:1-31 SPIRITUAL GIFTS USED IN ASSEMBLY: "....Message of wisdom...message of knowledge...healing...prophecy... tongues...interpretation..." etc. (12:8-10).








15:1-58 WHAT THEY MUST PREACH RE. RESURRECTION OF DEAD: "But if it is can some of you say that there is no resurrection of the dead?" (15:12).


16:1-4 COLLECTIONS IN ASSEMBLY: "Now about the collection...."





12:10 another miraculous powers, to another prophecy, to another distinguishing between spirits, to another speaking in ____________________________ ______________________ of tongues....


The word translated "kinds of" is from the Greek word "genos" which means race, nationality.


12:10 ....and to still another the ____________________________________ of tongues.


The word translated "interpretation" in Greek is "hermeneia" which is an explanation, a commentary.


12:28 And in the church, God has appointed first of all ____________________________, second prophets, third teachers, then workers of miracles, also those having gifts of healing, those able to help others, those with gifts of administration, and those speaking in _______________________________ kinds of tongues.


The word translated "first of all" in Greek is "proton" which means order in rank or order of importance.


What was put last in this list of importance? _______________________________


If the gift of tongues exists today, what else in this list must of necessity also exist? ________________________



The word translated "different kinds" in Greek is "genos" indicating race or nationality.


12:30 Do all have gifts of healing? Do all ___________________________ in tongues? Do all interpret?


The word translated "speak" in Greek is "laleo" which means to tell something.


Can we tell something to someone else if we are speaking in an unknown language?


13:1 If I speak in the _________________________________________ of men and of __________________________, but have not love, I am only a resounding ______________________ or a ________________________________



If you have a King James Version of the Bible, note that the word "unknown" is italicized. That means that this word is not in the original Greek.




SO, WHAT LANGUAGE DO ANGELS SPEAK IN? To find out, complete the chart below, telling what language these people understood. Do you see any similarity between the tongues of angels and the tongues spoken by the apostles and heard by the different nationalities on Pentecost in Acts 2?


13:8 Love never fails. But where there are prophecies, they will cease; where there are tongues, they will be __________________________________.


The word translated "be stilled" is "pauomai" which means to stop, to make an end. In Luke 8:24, for instance, this word is used for the storm ceasing.











Genesis 16:7-12 (pg. 14)


Genesis 16:3


Genesis 19:10-21 (pg. 16)

Lot's Family

Genesis 11:31


Genesis 21:14-18 (pg. 19)


Genesis 16:3


Genesis 22:1-12 (pg. 19)


Genesis 11:31


Exodus 3:1-3 (pg. 56)


Exodus 1:15, 2:9-10


Judges 13:2-17 (pg. 246)

Samson's Parents

Judges 13:1


2 Kings 1:3-4 (pg. 355)


1 Kings 17:1


Daniel 8:16025

Daniel 9:21-27 (pg. 867)


Daniel 1:1-4


Luke 1:8-20 (pg. 990)

Zechariah, John's Father

Luke 1:4


Luke 1:28-38


Luke 3:24f (Mary's genealogy)


Luke 2:8-12


Luke 2:4


Matthew 28:1-7

Mary Magdalene & others


Magdala, Galilee in Palestine

Acts 10:1-8


Acts 10:1


Acts 12:5-10


John 1:44


Revelation 5:2, etc., etc.


Matthew 4:18-21











The next page begins a verse-by-verse study of 1 Corinthians 14. Note the context in which he writes the chapter (although remember that chapter breaks were added 14 centuries later):


11:17 ...for your meetings do....

11:33 ...when you come together....

12:28 the church, God has appointed....

14:6 ...if I come to you (plural) and speak....

14:23 ...So if the whole church comes together....

14:26 ....When you come together....

14:33 ....As in all the congregations....

15:12 ....But if it is preached....

16:1 ....Now about the collection....




13:1 & 13 And now I will show you the ___________________ excellent way....But the greatest of these is _____________________.


14:1 Follow the way of love and eagerly _______________________________ spiritual gifts, ______________________________.


The word translated "prophecy" is from the Greek word "prophateau" and means to publicly expound on a subject (not necessarily tell the future).


If we want to lovingly help other people the most, what will we prefer above all spiritual gifts? ________________________ ___________________________________


12:7-10 Look back at this list. Note that the first two gifts listed involve messages. What was the last gift listed? ______________


12:28-30 Remember this list was given in order of importance? What were the first two in the list? _________ ____________________________________________________________ What were the last two? ________________________________________________________________


Yet, Paul had to dedicate an entire chapter (14) to tongues because they were not only misusing it, but they were preferring and magnifying it above the others.


14:2 For anyone who _________________________________ in a tongue does not speak to men but to God. Indeed, no one _______________________________ him; he utters ____________________________ with his spirit.


What is the context for chapters 11 through 16? Private behavior or public worship? _________________


Note the footnote giving a translation of tongue. What is it? ____________________________________

Would the congregation in Corinth likely to be able to understand Persian or Egyptian or etc.? _______


14:3 But ______________________________ who _________________________________ speaks to men for their strengthening, encouragement and comfort.


Once more, Paul is talking about the assembly of the church where? _____________________________


A prophet without the gift of languages would have no choice but to speak in his own language. Obviously, then, the people hearing him would be able to what? __________________________________________


14:4 He who speaks in a tongue edifies ____________________________, but he who prophesies edifies the



Considering verses 2 and 3, why would this be? ______________________________________________


14:5 I would like __________________________________ of you to speak in tongues, but I would ________________________ you prophesy. He who prophesies is _______________________

than the one who speaks in ____________________________________, unless he ____________________

so that the church may be edified.


You can test people who speak in tongues. Ask them to record them doing so. Then play the recording to them and other people who claim the gift of interpretation, but all separately, and see if they all give the same interpretation.


14:6 Now, brothers, if I come to you and speak in tongues, what good will I be to you, unless I bring you some _________________________________ or ___________________________________ or

_________________________________ or word of ____________________________?


Tongues must include the above. If you hear an interpretation of tongues and it is exclusively praises to God, for instance, that is wrong.


Remember, these things were necessary before the entire New Testament was written out. People did not always know what to do in various situations. But by the time Revelation was written, God said through John:


Revelation 22:18-19 I _____________________ everyone who hears the words of the prophecy of this _______________________: If anyone _______________________ anything to them, God will add to him the plagues described in this book. And if anyone takes words _______________________ from this book of prophecy, God will take away from him his share in the tree of life and in the holy city, which are described in this book.


14:7 Even in the case of _____________________________ things that make ____________________, such as the flute or harp, how will anyone _______________________ what tune is being played unless there is a ___________________________________ in the notes?


Could this verse possibly mean "Even in the case of living people that make words, such as men and women, how will anyone know what message is being said unless there is a distinction in the words?"

___________ If this is not the meaning, what could it be? _____________________________________


14:8 Again, if the trumpet does not sound a ________________________ __________________, who will get ready for the ___________________________?


If a trumpet is played for a battle or taps or revaley, how will the army know how to respond to the trumpet?

14:9 So it is with you. ___________________________ you speak ___________________________________

words with your tongue, ________________ will anyone __________________________ what you are saying? You will just be speaking into the _______________________.


How much clearer can Paul be? Their words must be ______________________ or they must stay quiet.


14:10 Undoubtedly there are all sorts of __________________________________ in the world, yet __________

of them is without _______________________________.


Did he say languages in the world or languages in a spiritual realm? ____________________________


14:11 If then I do not _______________________ the _____________________________ of what someone is saying, I am a ______________________________ to the speaker, and he is a foreigner to me.


Did Paul say that if I don't grasp, I'm not as spiritual as the speaker? ___________________ Did he mean that if I don't grasp, I'm a sinner and the speaker is a Christian? ___________________ Did he say that I don't that that particular nation's language? _________________________


14:12 So it is with you. Since you are eager to have spiritual gifts, try to excel in gifts that ________________

the ________________________________.


If I'm speaking in a language in the church that no one understands, am I edifying the church? ________

Am I, then, defying what Paul told us to do here? ______________________________


14:13 For this reason anyone who speaks in a tongue should pray that he may ___________________________ what he says.


The word translated "interpret" is from the Greek word "diermeneuo" which is an intense use of the word "hermeneuo" which means to THOROUGHLY explain. This same word is used in describing what Jesus did on the road to Emmaus:


Luke 24:27 - And beginning with Moses and all the Prophets, he ___________________________ to them what was said in all the Scriptures concerning himself.


Although the book of Nehemiah was written in Hebrew, the same thing happened when Ezra read the Law of Moses for the first time to the Jews after they were freed from Babylonian captivity:


Nehemiah 8:8 - They read from the Book of the Law of God, making it ____________________________ and giving the _________________________________ so that the people could __________________________________________ what was being read.


FURTHER, this word was used in the following verses to interpret the word from one language to another:


John 1:38 - They said, "Rabbi" (which means Teacher), "where are you staying?"

Acts 9:36 - In Joppa there was a disciple named Tabitha (which, when translated, is Dorcas).


In either case above, was there a word translated from an unknown tongue to a known language?


14:14 For if I pray in a tongue, my spirit prays, but my ______________________________________ is unfruitful [doesn't change my of life].


The word translated "mind" is from the Greek word "nous" meaning "understanding" and is translated as such in the KJV and other versions. It is also used in the following scriptures:


Luke 24:45 - Then he [Jesus] OPENED their minds so they could UNDERSTAND the scriptures.

Romans 1:28 - Since they did not think it worthwhile to retain the KNOWLEDGE of God....

Romans 14:5 - Each one should be fully CONVINCED in his own mind.

Revelation 13:18 - This calls for wisdom. If anyone has INSIGHT, let him calculate....


Have you ever read a scripture and not known what it means?


The word translated "unfruitful" is from the Greek word "akarpos" and is used in the following verses:


Matthew 13:22 - What choked out the Word of God from these hearts? ____________________



Ephesians 5:3-4, 11 - What kinds of things put us in darkness away from God? ___________________________ _______________________________________________________________________________

What puts us into the light (Eph. 5:10)? ________________________________________

Titus 3:14 - We live unfruitful lives if we do not do what? ______________________________


2 Peter 1:5-8 - "For if you possess these qualities in increasing measure, they will keep you from being ________ ____________________________________________ and __________________________ in your _____________________________________ [what some got from those who spoke in tongues] of our Lord Jesus Christ.

Jude 10, 12 - "These men speak abusively against whatever they do not ___________________

....They are clouds without rain, blown along by the wind; autumn trees, without fruit and uprooted - twice __________________________."


IN A NUTSHELL, if someone has the word of God but is unfruitful, they do not know how to apply the word of God to their lives - interpret the scriptures.


14:15 So what shall I do? I will _____________________________ [aloud - this is a public worship assembly] with my spirit, but I will also pray with my _______________________________ [understanding]; I will sing with my spirit, but I will also _____________________________ with my mind.


Just as we sing using words we understand, we must also pray using words we understand.



14:16 "If you are praising God with your spirit, how can one who finds himself __________________________ those who do not _____________________________________ say "Amen" to your thanksgiving, since he does not _____________________________________ what you are saying?


Are we then told to say "Amen" to the prayers of those praying aloud in our assembly? ___________ Can we say "Amen" to unintelligible words? _______________________


14:17 You may be giving thanks well enough, ________________ the other man is _______________________ ____________________________________.


Do unintelligible words of someone else edify you? ________________________


14:18 I thank God that I speak in tongues ________________________________ than all of you.


Paul was a great missionary and traveled to many parts of the world preaching. So had the other apostles, for Jesus told them in Mark 16:15-16 to "Go into all the world and preach the gospel." How effective had it been?


Acts 17:6 "These men who have caused trouble all over the ______________________ have now come here.


Romans 1:8 "...your faith is being reported all over the ________________________."

Romans 10:18 "Their voice has gone out into all the _________________________, their words to the ends of the ___________________________."


Colossians 1:23 "This is the gospel that you heard and that has been proclaimed to _________________ creature under _____________________________, and of which I, Paul, have become a servant.


According to secular history

Andrew went to Greece Europe

Peter stayed in the Middle East Middle East

Thadddeus went to Russia Europe

Thomas went to India Asia

Philip went to Turkey Europe

Nathaniel went to Russia Europe

Matthew went to Ethiopia and Egypt Africa

Simon went to Great Britain Europe


14:19 But in the _________________________________ I would rather speak five _______________________ words to _____________ others than __________________________________ words in a tongue.


14:20 Brothers, stop thinking like ___________________________________________. In regard to evil be infants, but in your _____________________________________ be __________________________.


Their showing off their ability to speak in a foreign language in their home congregation was considered by Paul to be what? ________________________________________


14:21 [Isaiah 28:11-12] In the Law it is written: "Through men of ______________________________ tongues and through the lips of _____________________________ I will speak to this people, but even then they will not listen to me," says the Lord.


This is a prophecy to the Jews that some day God will send messengers to them from among foreigners. Do you think they could have gotten their message across if they were speaking unintelligible words? _________


14:22 Tongues, then, are a ___________________, not for believers but for ______________________________; prophecy, however, is for believers, not for unbelievers.



The gift of tongues was used to give the initial gospel message, and used by missionaries. The gift of prophecy was used by some of the members so they could know God's will for their lives before the written New Testament existed.


14:23 So if the whole ______________________________ comes together and everyone speaks in tongues, and [a] some who do not ________________________________________ or [b] some ___________________ come in, will they not say that you are _______________________________________________________?

How can Paul be any clearer?


14:24-25 But if an ________________________________ or someone who does not _________________________ [footnote indicates "inquirer"] comes in while everybody is ______________________________________, he will be _____________________________________________ by all that he is a _________________________________________ and will be judged by all, and the secrets of his heart will be laid bare. So he will fall down and worship God exclaiming, "________________________________________________________________________."


Do our church services center around serving only the members with no thought for visitors who are searching for truth and/or relief of pain in their lives?


14:26 What then shall we say, brothers? When you _________________________________________________ everyone has a hymn, or a word of instruction, a revelation, a tongue or an interpretation. All of these must be done for the ____________ ________________________________________ of the _______________________.


If I do not understand someone's unintelligible words, they may be having a good time, but am I learning anything, according to Paul? ____________________________


14:27 If anyone speaks in a tongue, two - or at the most three - should speak, one at a time, and someone ________________________ interpret.


Every time someone speaks in a tongue, they must pause and wait for someone to interpret before the next one can do it. (Even though he still thinks it is showing off.)


14:28 If there is no ___________________________________, the speaker should keep ___________________ in the ____________________________ and speak to himself and God.


Perhaps this person should get back on the circuit and spread the gospel if he/she wants to speak in that foreign language so much.


14:29 Two or three __________________________________ should speak, and the others [other prophets - see v. 32] should ___________ carefully what is said.


14:30 And if a _____________________________________ comes to someone who is sitting down, the first speaker should stop.


14:31 For you can all prophesy in turn so that everyone may be __________________________________________________ and ______________________________________.


Does speaking in a foreign language or unintelligible words instruct and encourage us?


14:32 The spirits of prophets are subject to the ________________________ of prophets.



Eusebius' Ecclesiastical History

(Written about 300 AD)



Chapter VII, pg. 186-187


"These accounts are given by Irenaeus* in those five books of his....he also shows that even down to his times, instances of divine and miraculous power were remaining in some churches....In another place the same author writes: "As we hear many of the brethren in the church who have prophetic gifts, and who SPEAK IN ALL TONGUES through the spirit, and who also bring to light the secret things of men for their benefit, and who expound the mysteries of God." These gifts of different kinds also continued with those that were worthy until the times mentioned."


Chapter XVI, pg. 195-199


"There is said to be a certain village of Mysia in Phrygia, called Arbada. There, they say, one of those who was but a recent convert, Montanus by name, when Cratus was proconsul in Asia, in the excessive desire of his soul to take the lead, gave the adversary [Satan] occasion against himself. So that he was carried away in spirit, and wrought up into a certain kind of frenzy and irregular ecstasy, raving, and speaking, and uttering strange things, and proclaiming what was contrary to the institutions that had prevailed in the church, as handed down and preserved in succession from the earliest times. But of those that happened then to be present, and to hear these spurious oracles, some being indignant, rebuked him as one under the influence of demons and the spirit of delusion, and who was only exciting disturbances among the multitude....


"For he excited two others, females, and filled them with the spirit of delusion, so that they also spake like the former, in a kind of extatic frenzy, out of all season, and in a manner strange and novel, whilst the spirit of evil congratulated them, thus rejoicing and inflated by him, and continued to puff them up the more, by promises of great things....Those few that were deceived were Phrygians; but the same inflated spirit taught them to revile the whole church under heaven, because it gave neither access nor honour to this false spirit of prophecy....then indeed they were expelled and prohibited from communion with the church...."


"Theodotus, one of the first that was carried away by their prophecy, as it was called, and who became a kind of patron of the delusion, as if he should at some time be taken up and received into the heavens, and who falling into trances, gave himself up to the spirit of deception....


"As I found these statements in one of their works against another work written by our brother Alcibiades, in which he demonstrates the impropriety of a prophet's speaking in ecstasy. This work I have abridged....'But the false prophet,' says he, 'is carried away by a vehement ecstasy, accompanied by want of all shame and fear. Beginning, indeed, with a designed ignorance, and terminating, as beforesaid, in involuntary madness. They will never be able to show that any of the Old or any of the New Testament, were thus violently agitated and carried away in spirit. Neither will they be able to boast that Agabus, or Judas, or Silas, or the daughters of Philip, or Ammias in Philadelphia, or Quandratus, or others that do not belong to them, ever acted in this way."



*Chapter XX, pg. 204 - "...Irenaeus...speaks of his intimacy with Polycarp....Polycarp was accustomed to sit and discourse; and also his entrances, his walks, the complexion of his life and the form of his body, and his conversations with the people, and his FAMILIAR INTERCOURSE WITH JOHN, as he was accustomed to tell, as also his FAMILIARITY WITH THOSE THAT HAD SEEN THE LORD.