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 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.
'And if it bears fruit, well. But if not, after that you can b cut it down.' "
New King James Version (NKJV) Copyright © 1982 by Thomas Nelson, Inc.
He dug it up and cleared out its stones, And planted it with the choicest vine. He built a tower in its midst, And also made a winepress in it; So He expected it to bring forth good grapes, But it brought forth wild grapes.
And seeing a fig tree by the road, He came to it and found nothing on it but leaves, and said to it, "Let no fruit grow on you ever again." Immediately the fig tree withered away.
Every branch in Me that does not bear fruit He takes away; and every branch that bears fruit He prunes, that it may bear more fruit.