The Leaven of the Pharisees and Sadducees
When the disciples reached the other side, they had forgotten to bring any bread.
Jesus said to them, "Watch and o beware of p the leaven of the Pharisees and Sadducees."
And they began discussing it among themselves, saying, "We brought no bread."
But q Jesus, aware of this, said, r "O you of little faith, why are you discussing among yourselves the fact that you have no bread?
s Do you not yet perceive? Do you not remember t the five loaves for the five thousand, and how many baskets you gathered?
Or u the seven loaves for the four thousand, and how many baskets you gathered?
How is it that you fail to understand that I did not speak about bread? o Beware of the leaven of the Pharisees and Sadducees."
v Then they understood that he did not tell them to beware of the leaven of bread, but of w the teaching of the Pharisees and Sadducees.
English Standard Version (ESV) The Holy Bible, English Standard Version Copyright © 2001 by Crossway Bibles, a division of Good News Publishers.
In the meantime, when so many thousands of the people had gathered together that they were trampling one another, he began to say to his disciples first, "Beware of the leaven of the Pharisees, which is hypocrisy.
1 Corinthians 5:6 - 8
Your boasting is not good. Do you not know that a little leaven leavens the whole lump?
A little leaven leavens the whole lump.
But Jesus, aware of this, said to them, "Why do you trouble the woman? For she has done a beautiful thing to me.
But if God so clothes the grass of the field, which today is alive and tomorrow is thrown into the oven, will he not much more clothe you, O you of little faith?
And he said, "Are you also still without understanding?
Matthew 14:17 - 21
They said to him, "We have only five loaves here and two fish.
Matthew 15:34 - 38
And Jesus said to them, "How many loaves do you have?" They said, "Seven, and a few small fish.
Jesus said to them, "Watch and beware of the leaven of the Pharisees and Sadducees.
Then the disciples understood that he was speaking to them of John the Baptist.
For I tell you, unless your righteousness exceeds that of the scribes and Pharisees, you will never enter the kingdom of heaven.
So practice and observe whatever they tell you - but not what they do. For they preach, but do not practice.