Luke 13,6-9  

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. "