New International Version
"A little yeast works through the whole batch of dough."
King James Bible
A little leaven leaveneth the whole lump.
Darby Bible Translation
A little leaven leavens the whole lump.
World English Bible
A little yeast grows through the whole lump.
Young's Literal Translation
a little leaven the whole lump doth leaven;
Galatians 5:9 Parallel
CommentaryClarke's Commentary on the Bible
A little leaven leaveneth the whole lump - A proverbial expression, see 1 Corinthians 5:6, very aptly applied to those who receive the smallest tincture of false doctrine, relative to the things essential to salvation, which soon influences the whole conduct, so that the man becomes totally perverted. They might have argued, "It is a small thing, and should not be made a subject of serious controversy, whether we be circumcised or not." Granted, that in itself it is a small matter; but, as every man who is circumcised is a debtor to do the whole law, Galatians 5:3, then your circumcision leads necessarily to your total perversion; as the little portion of leaven, mixed with the batch, soon leavens the whole lump.
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He told them still another parable: "The kingdom of heaven is like yeast that a woman took and mixed into about sixty pounds of flour until it worked all through the dough."
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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