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

New Living Translation
This false teaching is like a little yeast that spreads through the whole batch of dough!

English Standard Version
A little leaven leavens the whole lump.

Berean Study Bible
A little yeast leavens the whole batch of dough.

Berean Literal Bible
A little leaven leavens the whole lump.

New American Standard Bible
A little leaven leavens the whole lump of dough.

King James Bible
A little leaven leaveneth the whole lump.

Christian Standard Bible
A little leaven leavens the whole batch of dough.

Contemporary English Version
A little yeast can change a whole batch of dough,

Good News Translation
"It takes only a little yeast to make the whole batch of dough rise," as they say.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
A little yeast leavens the whole lump of dough.

International Standard Version
A little yeast spreads through the whole batch of dough.

NET Bible
A little yeast makes the whole batch of dough rise!

New Heart English Bible
A little yeast grows through the whole lump.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
A little leaven ferments the entire lump.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
A little yeast spreads through the whole batch of dough.

New American Standard 1977
A little leaven leavens the whole lump of dough.

Jubilee Bible 2000
A little leaven leavens the whole lump.

King James 2000 Bible
A little leaven leavens the whole lump.

American King James Version
A little leaven leavens the whole lump.

American Standard Version
A little leaven leaveneth the whole lump.

Douay-Rheims Bible
A little leaven corrupteth the whole lump.

Darby Bible Translation
A little leaven leavens the whole lump.

English Revised Version
A little leaven leaveneth the whole lump.

Webster's Bible Translation
A little leaven leaveneth the whole lump.

Weymouth New Testament
A little yeast corrupts the whole of the dough.

World English Bible
A little yeast grows through the whole lump.

Young's Literal Translation
a little leaven the whole lump doth leaven;
Study Bible
Freedom in Christ
8Such persuasion does not come from the One who calls you. 9A little yeast leavens the whole batch of dough. 10I am confident in the Lord that you will take no other view. The one who is troubling you will bear the judgment, whoever he may be.…
Cross References
Matthew 13:33
He told them still another parable: "The kingdom of heaven is like yeast that a woman took and mixed into three measures of flour, until all of it was leavened."

1 Corinthians 5:6
Your boasting is not good. Do you not know that a little yeast leavens the whole batch of dough?

Treasury of Scripture

A little leaven leavens the whole lump.

Matthew 23:33
Ye serpents, ye generation of vipers, how can ye escape the damnation of hell?

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

Mark 8:15
And he charged them, saying, Take heed, beware of the leaven of the Pharisees, and of the leaven of Herod.







Lexicon
A little
μικρὰ (mikra)
Adjective - Nominative Feminine Singular
Strong's Greek 3398: Little, small. Including the comparative mikroteros apparently a primary word; small (figuratively) dignity).

yeast
ζύμη (zymē)
Noun - Nominative Feminine Singular
Strong's Greek 2219: Leaven, ferment, both lit. and met. Probably from zeo; ferment.

leavens
ζυμοῖ (zymoi)
Verb - Present Indicative Active - 3rd Person Singular
Strong's Greek 2220: To leaven, ferment. From zume; to cause to ferment.

the
τὸ (to)
Article - Accusative Neuter Singular
Strong's Greek 3588: The, the definite article. Including the feminine he, and the neuter to in all their inflections; the definite article; the.

whole
ὅλον (holon)
Adjective - Accusative Neuter Singular
Strong's Greek 3650: All, the whole, entire, complete. A primary word; 'whole' or 'all', i.e. Complete, especially as noun or adverb.

batch [of dough].
φύραμα (phyrama)
Noun - Accusative Neuter Singular
Strong's Greek 5445: A mass or lump, as of bread dough. From a prolonged form of phuro, mean to knead; a mass of dough.
(9) A little leaven . . .--A pregnant expression, which leaves a good deal to the reader to supply. The proverb is true which says that a little leaven leavens the whole mass of dough. And so, in your case, the malcontents may be few, but they will soon ruin the whole Church. It seems decidedly more in accordance with the context to take the "little leaven" as referring rather to a few seceders than to a little bad doctrine.

Verse 9. - A little leaven leaveneth the whole lump (μικρὰ ζύμη ὅλον τὸ φύραμα ζυμοῖ); a little leaven leaveneth the whole kneading. This proverb is cited again in precisely the same words in 1 Corinthians 5:6, with the words prefixed, "know ye not that." In both passages the leaven is an element of evil, and so also in Matthew 16:11; but our Lord applied it also to an element of good, which was to penetrate (apparently) the whole mass of humanity (Matthew 13:33). What has the apostle precisely in his view as the leaven in the present instance? In 1 Corinthians 5:6 it is unchastity, which, if once tolerated in a Church, especially amid so licentious a population as that of Corinth, would be but too likely to impregnate balefully the sentiment of the whole community. And here likewise, as there, the leaven does not appear to denote, as some have supposed, the individuals in whom some noxious element was conspicuous, but that noxious element itself; namely, to judge from the colouring of the immediate context, the "readiness to hearken" to" another gospel," which was promising comfort and sense of acceptance, more or less, in the practice of at least some of the outward ordinances of Judaism. This leaven had already begun to work, embodying itself in the observance, pedantically and ostentatiously, of the days and feasts of the Jewish calendar (Galatians 4:10). Now, a movement of mind manifesting itself in some form of external religionism, when once it begins to show itself in a Christian community, has a great tendency to spread. For always, in every Church, there are unstable souls, too often not a few, never able to come to the knowledge of the truth; which have never truly discerned Christ's all-sufficiency for their spiritual needs, or have lost any superficial persuasion of it once enjoyed; and which, consciously unsatisfied with what they as yet possess, and nevertheless only toying with spiritual things, are ready to adopt almost any novelty of religious behaviour offering itself for their acceptance. The particular form in which the external religionism of seekers after another gospel clothes itself varies according to varying tastes or circumstances. Among the Galatian Christians such persons were now beginning to feel attracted by that venerable kind of outward piety exhibited by devout or professedly devout Jews; but in their own practice committing the fatal blunder of mistaking the external shows of saintliness for the reality of saintliness, and but too willing to make the former serve in lieu of the latter. The danger of the leaven spreading was, in the present case, increased by the instability of character and the quick impulsiveness belonging to the Celtic temperament. The true antidote to this "leaven" is in every age the same; namely, that which the apostle in this Epistle strives to administer - the gospel of the righteousness and Spirit of Christ crucified. 5:7-12 The life of a Christian is a race, wherein he must run, and hold on, if he would obtain the prize. It is not enough that we profess Christianity, but we must run well, by living up to that profession. Many who set out fairly in religion, are hindered in their progress, or turn out of the way. It concerns those who begin to turn out of the way, or to tire in it, seriously to inquire what hinders them. The opinion or persuasion, ver. 8, was, no doubt, that of mixing the works of the law with faith in Christ in justification. The apostle leaves them to judge whence it must arise, but sufficiently shows that it could be owing to none but Satan. It is dangerous for Christian churches to encourage those who follow, but especially who spread, destructive errors. And in reproving sin and error, we should always distinguish between the leaders and the led. The Jews were offended, because Christ was preached as the only salvation for sinners. If Paul and others would have admitted that the observance of the law of Moses was to be joined with faith in Christ, as necessary to salvation, then believers might have avoided many of the sufferings they underwent. The first beginnings of such leaven should be opposed. And assuredly those who persist in disturbing the church of Christ must bear their judgment.
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