But the people didn’t pay any attention to those Moslem clerics who were on the radio, saying, “Don’t come.”  They all came.  Yes.  Real loud.  (Comment)  You know, I don’t understand that either.  It seems to me that sometimes you hear just a very few words of the gift of tongues, and then the interpretation is longer.  I don’t understand that.

All I can tell you is that when I was—I’ll give you an example.  When I was in Niger, I was interpreted by a man on one side of me who was speaking in French and a man on this side who was speaking in the local African dialect called Zarma.

Now the French interpretation took a little bit longer than my English.  So when I would say something and the person who interpreted me in French, it took a little bit longer for him to say what I said in French.

But when it got to the Zarma language, it took at least three to four times as long.  And it got funny.  I would say one sentence, and then there’s one sentence in French, and then this guy talks for 30 seconds in Zarma.  And the crowd started laughing.  And I just looked at him.  I said, “Did it take you all that time just to say that?” you know?

But Zarma is an unusual language.  It has far fewer letters and characters in it, and it takes much more time to interpret than it does in English.

Well, there might be a comparison in the supernatural realm.  (End of Side #1)  . . . to prime this person’s pump, to give a full interpretation.

Maybe the tongue is God talking in shorthand, and the interpretation is the full e—mail.  Does that help any?

Now the answer I can give is, I don’t know.  Okay?

Now we talked about the gift of prophecy, the gift of tongues, and the gift of interpretation of tongues.  And you can put all your stuff away now.

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