The Parable of the Barren Fig Tree

He also spoke this parable: (A)“A certain man had a fig tree planted in his vineyard, and he came seeking fruit on it and found none. Then he said to the keeper of his vineyard, ‘Look, for three years I have come seeking fruit on this fig tree and find none. Cut it down; why does it [a]use up the ground?’ But he answered and said to him, ‘Sir, let it alone this year also, until I dig around it and fertilize it. [b]And if it bears fruit, well. But if not, after that you can (B)cut it down.’ ”

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Footnotes

  1. Luke 13:7 waste
  2. Luke 13:9 NU And if it bears fruit after that, well. But if not, you can