Luke 13:9
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New International Version
If it bears fruit next year, fine! If not, then cut it down.'"

New Living Translation
If we get figs next year, fine. If not, then you can cut it down.'"

English Standard Version
Then if it should bear fruit next year, well and good; but if not, you can cut it down.’”

New American Standard Bible
and if it bears fruit next year, fine; but if not, cut it down.'"

King James Bible
And if it bear fruit, well: and if not, then after that thou shalt cut it down.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
Perhaps it will bear fruit next year, but if not, you can cut it down.'"

International Standard Version
Maybe next year it will bear fruit. If not, then cut it down.'"

NET Bible
Then if it bears fruit next year, very well, but if not, you can cut it down.'"

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
And perhaps it will have borne fruit, otherwise next year you should cut it down.”

GOD'S WORD® Translation
Maybe next year it'll have figs. But if not, then cut it down.'"

Jubilee Bible 2000
and if it bears fruit, well; and if not, then after that thou shalt cut it down.

King James 2000 Bible
And if it bears fruit, well: and if not, then after that you shall cut it down.

American King James Version
And if it bear fruit, well: and if not, then after that you shall cut it down.

American Standard Version
and if it bear fruit thenceforth, well ; but if not, thou shalt cut it down.

Douay-Rheims Bible
And if happily it bear fruit: but if not, then after that thou shalt cut it down.

Darby Bible Translation
and if it shall bear fruit -- but if not, after that thou shalt cut it down.

English Revised Version
and if it bear fruit thenceforth, well; but if not, thou shalt cut it down.

Webster's Bible Translation
And if it shall bear fruit, well: and if not, then after that thou shalt cut it down.

Weymouth New Testament
If after that it bears fruit, well and good; if it does not, then you shall cut it down.'"

World English Bible
If it bears fruit, fine; but if not, after that, you can cut it down.'"

Young's Literal Translation
and if indeed it may bear fruit -- ;and if not so, thereafter thou shalt cut it off.'
Parallel Commentaries
Matthew Henry's Concise Commentary

13:6-9 This parable of the barren fig-tree is intended to enforce the warning given just before: the barren tree, except it brings forth fruit, will be cut down. This parable in the first place refers to the nation and people of the Jews. Yet it is, without doubt, for awakening all that enjoy the means of grace, and the privileges of the visible church. When God has borne long, we may hope that he will bear with us yet a little longer, but we cannot expect that he will bear always.

Gill's Exposition of the Entire Bible

And if it bear fruit, well,.... If hereby barren professors, as the Jews, become fruitful, it is well, a good thing is done; it is well for themselves, they shall eat the fruit of their doings; it is well for the churches where they are, for good works are profitable to men; and it is well for the owner of the vineyard, and the dresser of it too, for when Christ has his fruit from his churches, his ministers have theirs also:

and if not, then

after that; "for the time to come", as the Vulgate Latin; or "year following", as the Persic version renders it:

thou shall cut it down; do with it as thou pleasest, nothing more will be said or pleaded in its behalf; full consent shall be given, and no more intercession used: any trees might not be cut down, only barren ones; there is a law in Deuteronomy 20:19 about cutting down trees, and which the Jews explain thus (m);

"they may not cut down trees for meat without the city, nor withhold from them the course of water, that so they may become dry; as it is said, "thou shall not destroy the trees"; and whoever cuts any down is to be beaten, and not in a siege only, but in any place: whoever cuts down a tree for meat, by way of destroying it, is to be beaten; but they may cut it down if it hurts other trees, or because it hurts in the field others, or because its price is dear; the law does not forbid, but by way of destroying. Every barren tree it is lawful to cut down, even though a man hath no need of it; and so a tree for meat, which does hurt, and does not produce but little fruit, and it is not worth while to labour about it, it is lawful to cut it down: and how much may an olive tree produce, and it may not be cut down? the fourth part of a "Kab" of olives; and a palm tree which yields a "Kab" of dates, may not be cut down.''

Much such a parable as this is formed by the Jews, upon Moses's intercession for the people of Israel (n).

"Says R. Abin, in the name of R. Simeon ben Josedech, a parable, to what is it like? to a king that hath an uncultivated field; he says to his gardener, go and manure it, and make it a vineyard: the gardener went and manured that field, and planted it a vineyard; the vineyard grew, and produced wine, and it turned to vinegar; when the king saw that the wine turned to vinegar, he said to the gardener, go, , "and cut it down", why should I seek after a vineyard that brings forth that which is sour? the gardener replied, my lord, the king, what expense hast thou been at with this vineyard before it was raised? and now thou seekest to cut it down; and shouldst thou say because its wine turns sour; the reason is, because it is young, therefore its wine turns sour, and it does not produce good wine: so when Israel did that work (of the golden calf), the holy blessed God sought to consume them; said Moses, Lord of the world, hast thou not brought them out of Egypt from a place of idolatry, and now they are young, or children, as it is said, Hosea 11:1 wait a little for them, and go with them, and they will do good works in thy presence.''

(m) Maimon. Hilch. Melacim, c. 6. sect. 8, 9. (n) Shemot Rabba, sect. 43. fol. 141. 2.

Jamieson-Fausset-Brown Bible Commentary

9. if … fruit, well—Genuine repentance, however late, avails to save (Lu 23:42, 43).

after that, &c.—The final perdition of such as, after the utmost limits of reasonable forbearance, are found fruitless, will be pre-eminently and confessedly just (Pr 1:24-31; Eze 24:13).

Luke 13:9 Additional Commentaries
Context
The Parable of the Barren Fig Tree
8"And he answered and said to him, 'Let it alone, sir, for this year too, until I dig around it and put in fertilizer; 9and if it bears fruit next year, fine; but if not, cut it down.'"
Cross References
Luke 13:8
"'Sir,' the man replied, 'leave it alone for one more year, and I'll dig around it and fertilize it.

Luke 13:10
On a Sabbath Jesus was teaching in one of the synagogues,
Treasury of Scripture

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