Mark 13:28
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New International Version
"Now learn this lesson from the fig tree: As soon as its twigs get tender and its leaves come out, you know that summer is near.

New Living Translation
"Now learn a lesson from the fig tree. When its branches bud and its leaves begin to sprout, you know that summer is near.

English Standard Version
“From the fig tree learn its lesson: as soon as its branch becomes tender and puts out its leaves, you know that summer is near.

New American Standard Bible
"Now learn the parable from the fig tree: when its branch has already become tender and puts forth its leaves, you know that summer is near.

King James Bible
Now learn a parable of the fig tree; When her branch is yet tender, and putteth forth leaves, ye know that summer is near:

Holman Christian Standard Bible
"Learn this parable from the fig tree: As soon as its branch becomes tender and sprouts leaves, you know that summer is near.

International Standard Version
"Now learn a lesson from the fig tree. When its branches become tender and it produces leaves, you know that summer is near.

NET Bible
"Learn this parable from the fig tree: Whenever its branch becomes tender and puts out its leaves, you know that summer is near.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
“But learn an allegory from the fig tree: whenever its branches are tender and its leaves bud, you know that summer has arrived.”

GOD'S WORD® Translation
"Learn from the story of the fig tree. When its branch becomes tender and it sprouts leaves, you know summer is near.

Jubilee Bible 2000
Learn the similitude from the fig tree: When her branch is yet tender and puts forth leaves, ye know that summer is near;

King James 2000 Bible
Now learn a parable of the fig tree; When its branch is yet tender, and puts forth leaves, you know that summer is near:

American King James Version
Now learn a parable of the fig tree; When her branch is yet tender, and puts forth leaves, you know that summer is near:

American Standard Version
Now from the fig tree learn her parable: when her branch is now become tender, and putteth forth its leaves, ye know that the summer is nigh;

Douay-Rheims Bible
Now of the fig tree learn ye a parable. When the branch thereof is now tender, and the leaves are come forth, you know that summer is very near.

Darby Bible Translation
But learn the parable from the fig-tree: when its branch already becomes tender and puts forth the leaves, ye know that the summer is near.

English Revised Version
Now from the fig tree learn her parable: when her branch is now become tender, and putteth forth its leaves, ye know that the summer is nigh;

Webster's Bible Translation
Now learn a parable of the fig-tree: When its branch is yet tender, and putteth forth leaves, ye know that summer is near:

Weymouth New Testament
"Learn from the fig-tree the lesson it teaches. As soon as its branch has become soft and it is bursting into leaf, you know that summer is near.

World English Bible
"Now from the fig tree, learn this parable. When the branch has now become tender, and puts forth its leaves, you know that the summer is near;

Young's Literal Translation
'And from the fig-tree learn ye the simile: when the branch may already become tender, and may put forth the leaves, ye know that nigh is the summer;
Parallel Commentaries
Matthew Henry's Concise Commentary

13:28-37 We have the application of this prophetic sermon. As to the destruction of Jerusalem, expect it to come very shortly. As to the end of the world, do not inquire when it will come, for of that day and that hour knoweth no man. Christ, as God, could not be ignorant of anything; but the Divine wisdom which dwelt in our Saviour, communicated itself to his human soul according to the Divine pleasure. As to both, our duty is to watch and pray. Our Lord Jesus, when he ascended on high, left something for all his servants to do. We ought to be always upon our watch, in expectation of his return. This applies to Christ's coming to us at our death, as well as to the general judgment. We know not whether our Master will come in the days of youth, or middle age, or old age; but, as soon as we are born, we begin to die, and therefore we must expect death. Our great care must be, that, whenever our Lord comes, he may not find us secure, indulging in ease and sloth, mindless of our work and duty. He says to all, Watch, that you may be found in peace, without spot, and blameless.

Pulpit Commentary

Verses 28, 29. - Now from the fig tree learn her parable; that is, her own particular teaching. Our Lord makes frequent mention and use of the fig tree, as we have seen already. It is probable that a fig tree may have been near to them. When her branch is now become tender, and putteth forth its leaves, ye know that the summer is nigh. The branch (κλάδος) would be the young shoot, now become tender under the quickening influences of the spring; and this was an evident sign that the summer was at hand. The Asiatic fig tree requires a considerable amount of warmth to enable it to put forth leaves and fruit. Its rich flavour requires a summer heat to mature it. Aristotle says that the fig is the choice food of bees, from which they make their richest honey. Then the fig tree does not flower after the ordinary manner; but produces flower and fruit at once from the tree, and rapidly matures the fruit. The lesson, therefore, from the fig tree is this - the speed with which she ripens her fruit when she feels the warmth of summer. In like manner, as soon as the disciples perceived the signs of Christ's coming, they were to learn that he was close at hand, as certainly as the ripening fruit of the fig tree showed that summer was at hand.

Gill's Exposition of the Entire Bible

Now learn a parable of the fig tree,.... Our Lord was now upon the Mount of Olives, in one part of which fig trees grew in great plenty, and one, or more, might be near, and in view; and it was the time of year, the passover being at hand, for its putting forth:

when her branch is yet tender; and soft and opening, through the sap now in motion:

and putteth forth leaves; from the branches:

ye know, that summer is near; from such an appearance on the fig tree; See Gill on Matthew 24:32.

Jamieson-Fausset-Brown Bible Commentary

28. Now learn a parable of the fig tree—"Now from the fig tree learn the parable," or the high lesson which this teaches.

When her branch is yet tender, and putteth forth leaves—"its leaves."

Mark 13:28 Additional Commentaries
Context
The lesson of the Fig Tree
28"Now learn the parable from the fig tree: when its branch has already become tender and puts forth its leaves, you know that summer is near. 29"Even so, you too, when you see these things happening, recognize that He is near, right at the door.…
Cross References
Matthew 21:19
Seeing a fig tree by the road, he went up to it but found nothing on it except leaves. Then he said to it, "May you never bear fruit again!" Immediately the tree withered.

Matthew 24:32
"Now learn this lesson from the fig tree: As soon as its twigs get tender and its leaves come out, you know that summer is near.

Mark 13:27
And he will send his angels and gather his elect from the four winds, from the ends of the earth to the ends of the heavens.

Mark 13:29
Even so, when you see these things happening, you know that it is near, right at the door.
Treasury of Scripture

Now learn a parable of the fig tree; When her branch is yet tender, and puts forth leaves, you know that summer is near:

Matthew 24:32,33 Now learn a parable of the fig tree; When his branch is yet tender, …

Luke 21:29-31 And he spoke to them a parable; Behold the fig tree, and all the trees…

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