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

New Living Translation
"Watch out!" Jesus warned them. "Beware of the yeast of the Pharisees and Sadducees."

English Standard Version
Jesus said to them, “Watch and beware of the leaven of the Pharisees and Sadducees.”

New American Standard Bible
And Jesus said to them, "Watch out and beware of the leaven of the Pharisees and Sadducees."

King James Bible
Then Jesus said unto them, Take heed and beware of the leaven of the Pharisees and of the Sadducees.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
Then Jesus told them, "Watch out and beware of the yeast of the Pharisees and Sadducees."

International Standard Version
Jesus told them, "Watch out! Beware of the yeast of the Pharisees and Sadducees!"

NET Bible
"Watch out," Jesus said to them, "beware of the yeast of the Pharisees and Sadducees."

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
And he said to them, “Take heed; beware of the leaven of the Pharisees and the Sadducees.”

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

Jubilee Bible 2000
Then Jesus said unto them, Take heed and keep yourselves from the leaven of the Pharisees and of the Sadducees.

King James 2000 Bible
Then Jesus said unto them, Take heed and beware of the leaven of the Pharisees and of the Sadducees.

American King James Version
Then Jesus said to them, Take heed and beware of the leaven of the Pharisees and of the Sadducees.

American Standard Version
And Jesus said unto them, Take heed and beware of the leaven of the Pharisees and Sadducees.

Douay-Rheims Bible
Who said to them: Take heed and beware of the leaven of the Pharisees and Sadducees.

Darby Bible Translation
And Jesus said to them, See and beware of the leaven of the Pharisees and Sadducees.

English Revised Version
And Jesus said unto them, Take heed and beware of the leaven of the Pharisees and Sadducees.

Webster's Bible Translation
Then Jesus said to them, Take heed and beware of the leaven of the Pharisees and of the Sadducees.

Weymouth New Testament
and when Jesus said to them, "See to it: beware of the yeast of the Pharisees and Sadducees,"

World English Bible
Jesus said to them, "Take heed and beware of the yeast of the Pharisees and Sadducees."

Young's Literal Translation
and Jesus said to them, 'Beware, and take heed of the leaven of the Pharisees and Sadducees;'
Parallel Commentaries
Matthew Henry's Concise Commentary

16:5-12 Christ speaks of spiritual things under a similitude, and the disciples misunderstand him of carnal things. He took it ill that they should think him as thoughtful about bread as they were; that they should be so little acquainted with his way of preaching. Then understood they what he meant. Christ teaches by the Spirit of wisdom in the heart, opening the understanding to the Spirit of revelation in the word.

Pulpit Commentary

Verse 6. - The leaven. Christ's thoughts were still fixed on the late disputants, whose powerful influence on popular opinion called for forcible warning. By "leaven" he does not here refer specially to the hypocrisy of the Pharisees and Sadducees, as in Luke 12:1, but to the evil influence which they exercised, which was diffused far and wide, and penetrated to all ranks and classes. Their unsound opinions, their inability or disinclination to enter into the spiritual sense of Scripture, vitiated their whole system, and made them dangerous teachers directly they attempted to explain or amplify the letter of Holy Writ. It was this same perverse blindness that led them to refuse to accept Jesus as Messiah in spite of all the proofs which had been brought before them. That leaven, in one aspect, was regarded as a sign of impurity and corruption, we learn from the strict rules which banished it from Divine service, and especially during the Passover season. Says St. Paul, "A little leaven leaveneth the whole lump" (Galatians 5:9); and, "Purge out the old leaven, that ye may be a new lump, even as ye are unleavened" (1 Corinthians 5:7). Elsewhere Christ makes a distinction between what these teachers taught ex cathedra, and what they put forth on their own authority or what they practised themselves (Matthew 23:2, 3, where see note).

Gill's Exposition of the Entire Bible

Then Jesus said unto them,.... Either taking occasion from the disciples observing that they had forgot to take bread with them, or on account of what passed between him and the Pharisees and Sadducees, he gave the following advice to his disciples;

take heed and beware of the leaven of the Pharisees and of the Sadducees. Mark, instead "of the leaven of the Sadducees", says, "the leaven of Herod"; either because Christ might caution against all three; or because the Sadducees were generally Herodians, taking Herod to be the Messiah; or were on his party, or for his government, which the Pharisees disliked; and the Herodians were generally Sadducees. By "the leaven" of these is meant their doctrine, as appears from Matthew 16:12. The doctrines the Pharisees taught were the commandments and inventions of men, the traditions of the elders, free will, and justification by the works of the law: the doctrine of the Sadducees was, that there was no resurrection of the dead, nor angels, nor spirits: now because they sought secretly and artfully to infuse their notions into the minds of men; and which, when imbibed, spread their infection, and made men sour, morose, rigid, and ill natured, and swelled and puffed them up with pride and vanity, Christ compares them to leaven; and advises his disciples to look about them, to watch, and be on their guard, lest they should be infected with them.



Matthew 16:6 Additional Commentaries
Context
Leaven of the Pharisees and Sadducees
5And the disciples came to the other side of the sea, but they had forgotten to bring any bread. 6And Jesus said to them, "Watch out and beware of the leaven of the Pharisees and Sadducees." 7They began to discuss this among themselves, saying, "He said that because we did not bring any bread."…
Cross References
Matthew 3:7
But when he saw many of the Pharisees and Sadducees coming to where he was baptizing, he said to them: "You brood of vipers! Who warned you to flee from the coming wrath?

Matthew 16:1
The Pharisees and Sadducees came to Jesus and tested him by asking him to show them a sign from heaven.

Matthew 16:5
When they went across the lake, the disciples forgot to take bread.

Matthew 16:7
They discussed this among themselves and said, "It is because we didn't bring any bread."

Matthew 16:11
How is it you don't understand that I was not talking to you about bread? But be on your guard against the yeast of the Pharisees and Sadducees."

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

Luke 12:1
Meanwhile, when a crowd of many thousands had gathered, so that they were trampling on one another, Jesus began to speak first to his disciples, saying: "Be on your guard against the yeast of the Pharisees, which is hypocrisy.

1 Corinthians 5:6
Your boasting is not good. Don't you know that a little yeast leavens the whole batch of dough?
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Galatians 5:9 A little leaven leavens the whole lump.

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the Pharisees.

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