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.
Darby Bible Translation
And Jesus said to them, See and beware of the leaven 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;'
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CommentaryBarnes' Notes on the Bible
Take heed ... - That is, be cautious, be on your guard.
The leaven of the Pharisees and Sadducees - Leaven is used in making bread.
It passes secretly, silently, but certainly through the mass of dough. See the notes at Matthew 13:33. "None can see its progress." So it was with the doctrines of the Pharisees. They were insinuating, artful, plausible. They concealed the real tendency of their doctrines; they instilled them secretly into the mind, until they pervaded all the faculties like leaven.
They reasoned ... - The disciples did not understand him as referring to the doctrine of the Pharisees and Sadducees, because the word "leaven" was not often used among the Jews to denote doctrines, no other instance of this use of the word occurring in the Scriptures. Besides, the Jews had many particular rules about the leaven (yeast) which might be used in making bread. Many held that it was not lawful to eat bread made by the Gentiles; and the disciples, perhaps, supposed that he was cautioning them not to procure a supply from the Pharisees and Sadducees.
O ye of little faith! - Jesus, in reply, said that they should not be so anxious about the supply of their temporal wants. They should not have supposed, after the miracles that he had performed in feeding so many, that he would caution them to be anxious about procuring bread for their necessities. It was improper, then, for them to reason about a thing like that, but they should have supposed that he referred to something more important. The miracles had been full proof that he could supply all their wants without such anxiety.
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But when he saw many of the Pharisees and Sadducees coming for baptism, he said to them, "You brood of vipers, who warned you to flee from the wrath to come?
The Pharisees and Sadducees came up, and testing Jesus, they asked Him to show them a sign from heaven.
And the disciples came to the other side of the sea, but they had forgotten to bring any bread.
They began to discuss this among themselves, saying, "He said that because we did not bring any bread."
"How is it that you do not understand that I did not speak to you concerning bread? But beware of the leaven of the Pharisees and Sadducees."
And He was giving orders to them, saying, "Watch out! Beware of the leaven of the Pharisees and the leaven of Herod."
Under these circumstances, after so many thousands of people had gathered together that they were stepping on one another, He began saying to His disciples first of all,"Beware of the leaven of the Pharisees, which is hypocrisy.
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