1 Corinthians 5:6
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New International Version
Your boasting is not good. Don't you know that a little yeast leavens the whole batch of dough?

New Living Translation
Your boasting about this is terrible. Don't you realize that this sin is like a little yeast that spreads through the whole batch of dough?

English Standard Version
Your boasting is not good. Do you not know that a little leaven leavens the whole lump?

New American Standard Bible
Your boasting is not good. Do you not know that a little leaven leavens the whole lump of dough?

King James Bible
Your glorying is not good. Know ye not that a little leaven leaveneth the whole lump?

Holman Christian Standard Bible
Your boasting is not good. Don't you know that a little yeast permeates the whole batch of dough?

International Standard Version
Your boasting is not good. You know that a little yeast leavens the whole batch of dough, don't you?

NET Bible
Your boasting is not good. Don't you know that a little yeast affects the whole batch of dough?

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
Your boasting is not good. Do you not know that a little leaven ferments the whole lump?

GOD'S WORD® Translation
It's not good for you to brag. Don't you know that a little yeast spreads through the whole batch of dough?

Jubilee Bible 2000
Your glorying is not good. Know ye not that a little leaven leavens the whole lump?

King James 2000 Bible
Your glorying is not good. Know you not that a little leaven leavens the whole lump?

American King James Version
Your glorying is not good. Know you not that a little leaven leavens the whole lump?

American Standard Version
Your glorying is not good. Know ye not that a little leaven leaveneth the whole lump?

Douay-Rheims Bible
Your glorying is not good. Know you not that a little leaven corrupteth the whole lump ?

Darby Bible Translation
Your boasting [is] not good. Do ye not know that a little leaven leavens the whole lump?

English Revised Version
Your glorying is not good. Know ye not that a little leaven leaveneth the whole lump?

Webster's Bible Translation
Your boasting is not good. Know ye not, that a little leaven leaveneth the whole lump?

Weymouth New Testament
It is no good thing--this which you make the ground of your boasting. Do you not know that a little yeast corrupts the whole of the dough?

World English Bible
Your boasting is not good. Don't you know that a little yeast leavens the whole lump?

Young's Literal Translation
Not good is your glorying; have ye not known that a little leaven the whole lump doth leaven?
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Matthew Henry's Concise Commentary

5:1-8 The apostle notices a flagrant abuse, winked at by the Corinthians. Party spirit, and a false notion of Christian liberty, seem to have saved the offender from censure. Grievous indeed is it that crimes should sometimes be committed by professors of the gospel, of which even heathens would be ashamed. Spiritual pride and false doctrines tend to bring in, and to spread such scandals. How dreadful the effects of sin! The devil reigns where Christ does not. And a man is in his kingdom, and under his power, when not in Christ. The bad example of a man of influence is very mischievous; it spreads far and wide. Corrupt principles and examples, if not corrected, would hurt the whole church. Believers must have new hearts, and lead new lives. Their common conversation and religious deeds must be holy. So far is the sacrifice of Christ our Passover for us, from rendering personal and public holiness unnecessary, that it furnishes powerful reasons and motives for it. Without holiness we can neither live by faith in him, nor join in his ordinances with comfort and profit.

Pulpit Commentary

Verse 6. - Your glorying; rather, the subject of your boasting, the point on which you glorify yourselves. The Greek word does not mean the act of boasting, but the thing of which we boast. Not good. The Greek word is not agathon, but kalon, an almost untranslatable word, which implies all moral beauty, and resembles the English word "fair" or "noble." When he says that it is "not good," he uses the figure called litotes; i.e. he employs an expression intentionally too weak, that it may be corrected into a stronger one by the involuntary indignation of the reader; as when Virgil calls the cannibal tyrant Busiris "unpraised." Hence the clause is equivalent to "the thing of which you are boasting is detestable." Know ye not. This clause is used by St. Paul in specially solemn appeals, and almost exclusively in these Epistles (1 Corinthians 3:16; 1 Corinthians 6:16, 19; 1 Corinthians 9:13, 24). A little leaven leaveneth the whole lump (Galatians 5:9). The taint alluded to is not only the presence of the unpunished offender, but the general laxity and impurity displayed by their whole bearing in the matter (comp. the line of Menander quoted in ch. 15:33, and the "root of bitterness" in Hebrews 12:15). (For the word "lump," see Romans 11:16.)

Gill's Exposition of the Entire Bible

Your glorying is not good,.... Their glorying in their outward flourishing condition, in their riches and wealth, and in their ministers, in their wisdom and parts when under such an humbling dispensation; and especially if their glorying was in the sin itself, and their connivance at it, it was far from being good, it was very criminal, as the consequence of it was dangerous:

know ye not that a little leaven leaveneth the whole lump? This, in nature, is what everybody knows; and the proverb, which is much used by the Jews (f), was common in the mouths of all, and the meaning of it easy to be understood: thus, whether applied to the leaven of false doctrine, nothing is more manifest, than when this is let alone, and a stop is not put to it, it increases to more ungodliness; or to vice and immorality, as here; which if not taken notice of by a church, is not faithfully reproved and severely censured, as the case requires, will endanger the whole community; it may spread by example, and, under the connivance of the church, to the corrupting of good manners, and infecting of many.

(f) Neve Shalom apud Caphtor, fol. 41. 1.

Jamieson-Fausset-Brown Bible Commentary

6. Your glorying in your own attainments and those of your favorite teachers (1Co 3:21; 4:19; 5:2), while all the while ye connive at such a scandal, is quite unseemly.

a little leaven leaveth … whole lump—(Ga 5:9), namely, with present complicity in the guilt, and the danger of future contagion (1Co 15:33; 2Ti 2:17).

1 Corinthians 5:6 Additional Commentaries
Context
Immorality Rebuked
5I have decided to deliver such a one to Satan for the destruction of his flesh, so that his spirit may be saved in the day of the Lord Jesus. 6Your boasting is not good. Do you not know that a little leaven leavens the whole lump of dough? 7Clean out the old leaven so that you may be a new lump, just as you are in fact unleavened. For Christ our Passover also has been sacrificed.…
Cross References
Hosea 7:4
They are all adulterers, burning like an oven whose fire the baker need not stir from the kneading of the dough till it rises.

Matthew 16:6
"Be careful," Jesus said to them. "Be on your guard against the yeast of the Pharisees and Sadducees."

Matthew 16:12
Then they understood that he was not telling them to guard against the yeast used in bread, but against the teaching of the Pharisees and Sadducees.

Romans 6:16
Don't you know that when you offer yourselves to someone as obedient slaves, you are slaves of the one you obey--whether you are slaves to sin, which leads to death, or to obedience, which leads to righteousness?

1 Corinthians 5:2
And you are proud! Shouldn't you rather have gone into mourning and have put out of your fellowship the man who has been doing this?

Galatians 5:9
"A little yeast works through the whole batch of dough."

James 4:16
As it is, you boast in your arrogant schemes. All such boasting is evil.
Treasury of Scripture

Your glorying is not good. Know you not that a little leaven leavens the whole lump?

glorying.

1 Corinthians 5:2 And you are puffed up, and have not rather mourned, that he that …

1 Corinthians 3:21 Therefore let no man glory in men. For all things are yours;

1 Corinthians 4:18,19 Now some are puffed up, as though I would not come to you…

James 4:16 But now you rejoice in your boastings: all such rejoicing is evil.

a little.

1 Corinthians 15:33 Be not deceived: evil communications corrupt good manners.

Matthew 13:33 Another parable spoke he to them; The kingdom of heaven is like to …

Matthew 16:6-12 Then Jesus said to them, Take heed and beware of the leaven of the …

Luke 13:21 It is like leaven, which a woman took and hid in three measures of …

Galatians 5:9 A little leaven leavens the whole lump.

2 Timothy 2:17 And their word will eat as does a canker: of whom is Hymenaeus and Philetus;

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