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

King James Bible
A little leaven leaveneth the whole lump.

American Standard Version
A little leaven leaveneth the whole lump.

Douay-Rheims Bible
A little leaven corrupteth 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.

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Vincent's Word Studies

A little leaven (μικρὰ ζύμη)

A proverbial warning, which appears also 1 Corinthians 5:6. It refers, not to the doctrine of the false teachers, but to the false teachers themselves. Comp. Mark 8:15. With the single exception of the parable, Matthew 13:33, leaven, in Scripture, is always a symbol of evil. Comp. Exodus 12:15, Exodus 12:19; Exodus 13:3, Exodus 13:7; Exodus 23:18; Leviticus 2:11; Deuteronomy 16:3. This, however, is no warrant for the nonsense which has been deduced from it, as that Jesus' parable of the leaven contains a prophecy of the corruption of Christianity. Because leaven in Scripture is habitually the type of corruption, we are "none the less free to use it in a good sense as Christ did. One figure need not always stand for one and the same thing. The devil is 'a roaring lion,' but Christ is also 'the lion of the tribe of Judah'" (Trench). It is an apt figure of secret, pervading energy, whether bad or good. A new interest is given to the figure by Pasteur's discovery that fermentation is a necessary consequence of the activity and growth of living organisms. A very few of these Judaising intruders are sufficient to corrupt the whole church.

Lump (φύραμα)

Po. See on Romans 9:21.

Galatians 5:9 Parallel Commentaries

Treasury of Scripture Knowledge

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

Matthew 16:6-12 Then Jesus said to 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.

Luke 12:1 In the mean time, when there were gathered together an innumerable multitude of people, so that they stepped one on another...

Luke 13:21 It is like leaven, which a woman took and hid in three measures of meal, till the whole was leavened.

1 Corinthians 5:6,7 Your glorying is not good. Know you not that a little leaven leavens the whole lump...

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

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

Cross References
Matthew 13:33
He told them another parable. "The kingdom of heaven is like leaven that a woman took and hid in three measures of flour, till it was all leavened."

1 Corinthians 5:6
Your boasting is not good. Do you not know that a little leaven leavens the whole lump?

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