THE BARREN FIG-TREE
- 6 Jesus spoke this parable :
- " A man had a fig-tree growing in his vineyard
- and he came out looking for fruit on it but did not find any.
- 7 He said to the vinedresser : Look here !
For three years now I have come in search of fruit
- on this fig-tree and found none.
Cut it down ! Why should it clutter up the ground .
- 8 In answer , the man said :
- Sir , have it another year , while I hoe around it and manure it ;
- 9 then perhaps it will bear fruit ? If not ,
it shall be cut down. "