Galatians 5:9

9 “A little yeast works through the whole batch of dough.”

Galatians 5:9 in Other Translations

King James Version (KJV)
9 A little leaven leaveneth the whole lump.
English Standard Version (ESV)
9 A little leaven leavens the whole lump.
New Living Translation (NLT)
9 This false teaching is like a little yeast that spreads through the whole batch of dough!
The Message Bible (MSG)
9 And please don't toss this off as insignificant. It only takes a minute amount of yeast, you know, to permeate an entire loaf of bread.
American Standard Version (ASV)
9 A little leaven leaveneth the whole lump.
GOD'S WORD Translation (GW)
9 A little yeast spreads through the whole batch of dough.
Holman Christian Standard Bible (CSB)
9 A little yeast leavens the whole lump of dough.
New International Reader's Version (NIRV)
9 You should know that "just a little yeast works its way through the whole batch of dough."

Galatians 5:9 Meaning and Commentary

Galatians 5:9

A little leaven leaveneth the whole lump.
] A proverbial expression pretty much in use with the Jews; see ( 1 Corinthians 5:6 ) , respecting either persons or things; and is in answer to, or prevents an objection that might be made, or something that might be said, in favour of these churches; that their case was not so bad, or the danger they were in so great, as was represented by the apostle; since they were only a few persons that propagated this notion, and but few that received it, at least thoroughly gave into it; and that, if it was an error, it was but a small one, and only regarded a single ritual, or a few rituals of the law; to which the apostle replies, by supposing, but not granting this to be the case, since they were pretty generally declined, and the error was not a slight one, that as a little sour leaven influences and ferments a large mass, or lump of dough, and makes it of the same nature with it, so a small error in doctrine, as it may be thought to be, increases to more ungodliness, and eats as doth a canker; and though a few hands may be first concerned in propagating it, and but few be infected with it, yet these may soon spread the contagion through the whole society: wherefore errors and false teachers should be nipped in the bud, and stopped in their beginnings, how inconsiderable soever they and their tenets may be judged to be.

Galatians 5:9 In-Context

7 You were running a good race. Who cut in on you to keep you from obeying the truth?
8 That kind of persuasion does not come from the one who calls you.
9 “A little yeast works through the whole batch of dough.”
10 I am confident in the Lord that you will take no other view. The one who is throwing you into confusion, whoever that may be, will have to pay the penalty.
11 Brothers and sisters, if I am still preaching circumcision, why am I still being persecuted? In that case the offense of the cross has been abolished.

Cross References 1

  • 1. 1 Corinthians 5:6
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