Mark 8:15
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New International Version
"Be careful," Jesus warned them. "Watch out for the yeast of the Pharisees and that of Herod."

New Living Translation
As they were crossing the lake, Jesus warned them, "Watch out! Beware of the yeast of the Pharisees and of Herod."

English Standard Version
And he cautioned them, saying, “Watch out; beware of the leaven of the Pharisees and the leaven of Herod.”

Berean Study Bible
"Watch out!" He cautioned them. "Beware of the yeast of the Pharisees and of Herod."

Berean Literal Bible
And He was instructing them, saying, "Watch out! Take heed of the leaven of the Pharisees and the leaven of Herod."

New American Standard Bible
And He was giving orders to them, saying, "Watch out! Beware of the leaven of the Pharisees and the leaven of Herod."

King James Bible
And he charged them, saying, Take heed, beware of the leaven of the Pharisees, and of the leaven of Herod.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
Then He commanded them: "Watch out! Beware of the yeast of the Pharisees and the yeast of Herod."

International Standard Version
Jesus had been warning them, "Watch out! Beware of the yeast of the Pharisees and the yeast of Herod!"

NET Bible
And Jesus ordered them, "Watch out! Beware of the yeast of the Pharisees and the yeast of Herod!"

New Heart English Bible
He warned them, saying, "Take heed: beware of the yeast of the Pharisees and the yeast of Herod."

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
And he commanded them and he said to them, “Behold, beware of the leaven of the Pharisees and of the leaven of Herodus.”

GOD'S WORD® Translation
Jesus warned them, "Be careful! Watch out for the yeast of the Pharisees and the yeast of Herod!"

New American Standard 1977
And He was giving orders to them, saying, “Watch out! Beware of the leaven of the Pharisees and the leaven of Herod.”

Jubilee Bible 2000
And he commanded them, saying, Take heed, beware of the leaven of the Pharisees and of the leaven of Herod.

King James 2000 Bible
And he charged them, saying, Take heed, beware of the leaven of the Pharisees, and of the leaven of Herod.

American King James Version
And he charged them, saying, Take heed, beware of the leaven of the Pharisees, and of the leaven of Herod.

American Standard Version
And he charged them, saying, Take heed, beware of the leaven of the Pharisees and the leaven of Herod.

Douay-Rheims Bible
And he charged them, saying: Take heed and beware of the leaven of the Pharisees, and of the leaven of Herod.

Darby Bible Translation
And he charged them, saying, Take heed, beware of the leaven of the Pharisees and [of] the leaven of Herod.

English Revised Version
And he charged them, saying, Take heed, beware of the leaven of the Pharisees and the leaven of Herod.

Webster's Bible Translation
And he charged them saying, Take heed, beware of the leaven of the Pharisees, and of the leaven of Herod.

Weymouth New Testament
and when He admonished them, "See to it, be on your guard against the yeast of the Pharisees and the yeast of Herod,"

World English Bible
He warned them, saying, "Take heed: beware of the yeast of the Pharisees and the yeast of Herod."

Young's Literal Translation
and he was charging them, saying, 'Take heed, beware of the leaven of the Pharisees, and of the leaven of Herod,'
Study Bible
The Leaven to Beware
14Now the disciples had forgotten to take bread, except for one loaf they had with them in the boat. 15“Watch out! He cautioned them. “Beware of the yeast of the Pharisees and of Herod.” 16So they began to discuss with one another the fact that they had no bread.…
Cross References
Matthew 14:1
At that time Herod the tetrarch heard the reports about Jesus

Matthew 14:3
Now Herod had arrested John and bound him and put him in prison on account of Herodias, his brother Philip's wife,

Matthew 14:6
On Herod's birthday, however, the daughter of Herodias danced before them, and pleased Herod

Matthew 16:6
"Watch out!" Jesus told them. "Beware of the yeast of the Pharisees and Sadducees."

Matthew 16:11
How can you not understand that I was not telling you about bread? But beware of the yeast of the Pharisees and Sadducees."

Matthew 22:16
They sent their disciples to Him along with the Herodians. "Teacher," they said, "we know that You are honest and that You teach the way of God in accordance with the truth. You defer to no one, because You pay no attention to external appearance.

Mark 8:14
Now the disciples had forgotten to take bread, except for one loaf they had with them in the boat.

Mark 8:16
So they began to discuss with one another the fact that they had no bread.

Luke 12:1
In the meantime, a crowd of many thousands had gathered, so that they were trampling one another. Jesus began to speak first to His disciples: "Beware of the yeast of the Pharisees, which is hypocrisy.
Treasury of Scripture

And he charged them, saying, Take heed, beware of the leaven of the Pharisees, and of the leaven of Herod.

he charged.

Numbers 27:19-23 And set him before Eleazar the priest, and before all the congregation; …

1 Chronicles 28:9,10,20 And you, Solomon my son, know you the God of your father, and serve …

1 Timothy 5:21 I charge you before God, and the Lord Jesus Christ, and the elect angels…

1 Timothy 6:13 I give you charge in the sight of God, who vivifies all things, and …

2 Timothy 2:14 Of these things put them in remembrance, charging them before the …

Take.

Proverbs 19:27 Cease, my son, to hear the instruction that causes to err from the …

Matthew 16:6,11,12 Then Jesus said to them, Take heed and beware of the leaven of the …

Luke 12:1,2,15 In the mean time, when there were gathered together an innumerable …

the leaven of the.

Exodus 12:18-20 In the first month, on the fourteenth day of the month at even, you …

Leviticus 2:11 No meat offering, which you shall bring to the LORD, shall be made …

1 Corinthians 5:6-8 Your glorying is not good. Know you not that a little leaven leavens …

of Herod.

Mark 12:13 And they send to him certain of the Pharisees and of the Herodians, …

Matthew 22:15-18 Then went the Pharisees, and took counsel how they might entangle …

(15) He charged them.--The verb is in the imperfect tense, and implies that the command was more than once repeated. Hence they, too, "were reasoning," more than once, what was the meaning of the precept on which so much stress was laid.

The leaven of Herod.--The words imply the presence among the questioners of Mark 8:11 of others besides the Pharisees. On the connection between the "leaven of Herod" and that of "the Sadducees" in Matthew 16:6, see Note on that verse.

Verse 15. - Beware of the leaven of the Pharisees and the leaven of Herod. St. Matthew (Matthew 15:6) says, "Beware of the leaven of the Pharisees and Sadducees;" thus St. Mark identifies the leaven of the Sadducees with that of Herod. "Leaven" here means "doctrine." They were not to beware of this, so far as the Pharisees rightly taught and explained the Law of Moses; but only so far as they corrupted that Law by their own vain traditions, contrary to the Law of God, St. Luke (Luke 12:11) calls this leaven "hypocrisy;" because the Pharisees only regarded outward ceremonies, and neglected the inward sanctification of the Spirit. St. Jerome says, "This is the leaven of which the Apostle speaks where he says, 'A little leaven leaveneth the whole lump.' Marcion and Valentinus and all heretics have had this kind of leaven, which is on every account to be avoided. Leaven has this property, that, however small it may be in quantity, it spreads its influence rapidly through the mass. And so if only a little spark of heretical doctrine be admitted into the soul, speedily a great flame arises, and envelopes the whole man." And he charged them,.... When they were in the ship, and had just recollected themselves, that they had took no care to bring any provisions with them:

saying, take heed, beware of the leaven of the Pharisees; and of the leaven of Herod: in Matthew, instead of "the leaven of Herod", it is read, "the leaven of the Sadducees": which are either the same, Herod and his courtiers being Sadducees, or favourers of them; or the Sadducees being sticklers for Herod, and his government, which the Pharisees had no good opinion of; or else distinct from one another; and so Christ cautions against the doctrines of the Pharisees, which regarded the traditions of the elders, and of the Sadducees, concerning the resurrection, and of the Herodians, who thought Herod to be the Messiah; and against the unreasonable request and demand of them all to have a sign from heaven, in proof of his own Messiahship; See Gill on Matthew 16:6. 15. And he charged them, saying, Take heed, beware of the leaven of the Pharisees—"and of the Sadducees" (Mt 16:6).

and of the leaven of Herod—The teaching or "doctrine" (Mt 16:12) of the Pharisees and of the Sadducees was quite different, but both were equally pernicious; and the Herodians, though rather a political party, were equally envenomed against our Lord's spiritual teaching. See on [1456]Mt 12:14. The penetrating and diffusive quality of leaven, for good or bad, is the ground of the comparison.8:11-21 Obstinate unbelief will have something to say, though ever so unreasonable. Christ refused to answer their demand. If they will not be convinced, they shall not. Alas! what cause we have to lament for those around us, who destroy themselves and others by their perverse and obstinate unbelief, and enmity to the gospel! When we forget the works of God, and distrust him, we should chide ourselves severely, as Christ here reproves his disciples. How is it that we so often mistake his meaning, disregard his warnings, and distrust his providence?
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