Luke 13:8
New International Version
"'Sir,' the man replied, 'leave it alone for one more year, and I'll dig around it and fertilize it.

New Living Translation
“The gardener answered, ‘Sir, give it one more chance. Leave it another year, and I’ll give it special attention and plenty of fertilizer.

English Standard Version
And he answered him, ‘Sir, let it alone this year also, until I dig around it and put on manure.

Berean Study Bible
‘Sir,’ the man replied, ‘leave it alone again this year, until I dig around it and fertilize it.

Berean Literal Bible
And answering, he says to him, 'Sir, let it alone this year also, until I shall dig around it, and put in manure,

New American Standard Bible
"And he answered and said to him, 'Let it alone, sir, for this year too, until I dig around it and put in fertilizer;

King James Bible
And he answering said unto him, Lord, let it alone this year also, till I shall dig about it, and dung it:

Christian Standard Bible
“But he replied to him, ‘Sir, leave it this year also, until I dig around it and fertilize it.

Contemporary English Version
The gardener answered, "Master, leave it for another year. I'll dig around it and put some manure on it to make it grow.

Good News Translation
But the gardener answered, 'Leave it alone, sir, just one more year; I will dig around it and put in some fertilizer.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
"But he replied to him, Sir, leave it this year also, until I dig around it and fertilize it.

International Standard Version
But the gardener replied, 'Sir, leave it alone for one more year, until I dig around it and fertilize it.

NET Bible
But the worker answered him, 'Sir, leave it alone this year too, until I dig around it and put fertilizer on it.

New Heart English Bible
He answered, 'Lord, leave it alone this year also, until I dig around it, and fertilize it.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
The cultivator said to him, 'My Lord, leave it also this year, while I shall cultivate it and I shall manure it',

GOD'S WORD® Translation
"The gardener replied, 'Sir, let it stand for one more year. I'll dig around it and fertilize it.

New American Standard 1977
“And he answered and said to him, ‘Let it alone, sir, for this year too, until I dig around it and put in fertilizer;

Jubilee Bible 2000
And he, answering, said unto him, Lord, let it alone this year also until I shall dig about it and dung it,

King James 2000 Bible
And he answering said unto him, Lord, let it alone this year also, till I shall dig about it, and fertilize it:

American King James Version
And he answering said to him, Lord, let it alone this year also, till I shall dig about it, and dung it:

American Standard Version
And he answering saith unto him, Lord, let it alone this year also, till I shall dig about it, and dung it:

Douay-Rheims Bible
But he answering, said to him: Lord, let it alone this year also, until I dig about it, and dung it.

Darby Bible Translation
But he answering says to him, Sir, let it alone for this year also, until I shall dig about it and put dung,

English Revised Version
And he answering saith unto him, Lord, let it alone this year also, till I shall dig about it, and dung it:

Webster's Bible Translation
And he answering, said to him, Lord, let it alone this year also, till I shall dig about it, and dung it:

Weymouth New Testament
"But the gardener pleaded, "'Leave it, Sir, this year also, till I have dug round it and manured it.

World English Bible
He answered, 'Lord, leave it alone this year also, until I dig around it, and fertilize it.

Young's Literal Translation
'And he answering saith to him, Sir, suffer it also this year, till that I may dig about it, and cast in dung;
Study Bible
The Parable of the Barren Fig Tree
7So he said to the keeper of the vineyard, ‘Look, for the past three years I have come to search for fruit on this fig tree and haven’t found any. Therefore cut it down! Why should it use up the soil?’ 8‘Sir,’ the man replied, ‘leave it alone again this year, until I dig around it and fertilize it. 9If it bears fruit next year, fine. But if not, you can cut it down.’”…
Cross References
Luke 13:7
So he said to the keeper of the vineyard, 'Look, for the past three years I have come to search for fruit on this fig tree and haven't found any. Therefore cut it down! Why should it use up the soil?'

Luke 13:9
If it bears fruit next year, fine. But if not, you can cut it down.'"

Luke 14:35
It is fit neither for the soil nor for the manure pile, and it is thrown out. He who has ears to hear, let him hear."

Treasury of Scripture

And he answering said to him, Lord, let it alone this year also, till I shall dig about it, and dung it:

Lord, let.

Exodus 32:11-13,30-32
And Moses besought the LORD his God, and said, LORD, why doth thy wrath wax hot against thy people, which thou hast brought forth out of the land of Egypt with great power, and with a mighty hand? …

Exodus 34:9
And he said, If now I have found grace in thy sight, O Lord, let my Lord, I pray thee, go among us; for it is a stiffnecked people; and pardon our iniquity and our sin, and take us for thine inheritance.

Numbers 14:11-20
And the LORD said unto Moses, How long will this people provoke me? and how long will it be ere they believe me, for all the signs which I have shewed among them? …







Lexicon
‘Sir,’
Κύριε (Kyrie)
Noun - Vocative Masculine Singular
Strong's Greek 2962: Lord, master, sir; the Lord. From kuros; supreme in authority, i.e. controller; by implication, Master.

[the man] replied,
λέγει (legei)
Verb - Present Indicative Active - 3rd Person Singular
Strong's Greek 3004: (a) I say, speak; I mean, mention, tell, (b) I call, name, especially in the pass., (c) I tell, command.

‘leave it alone
ἄφες (aphes)
Verb - Aorist Imperative Active - 2nd Person Singular
Strong's Greek 863: From apo and hiemi; to send forth, in various applications.

again
καὶ (kai)
Conjunction
Strong's Greek 2532: And, even, also, namely.

this
τοῦτο (touto)
Demonstrative Pronoun - Accusative Neuter Singular
Strong's Greek 3778: This; he, she, it.

year,
ἔτος (etos)
Noun - Accusative Neuter Singular
Strong's Greek 2094: A year. Apparently a primary word; a year.

until
ἕως (heōs)
Preposition
Strong's Greek 2193: A conjunction, preposition and adverb of continuance, until.

I dig
σκάψω (skapsō)
Verb - Aorist Subjunctive Active - 1st Person Singular
Strong's Greek 4626: To dig, excavate. Apparently a primary verb; to dig.

around
περὶ (peri)
Preposition
Strong's Greek 4012: From the base of peran; properly, through, i.e. Around; figuratively with respect to; used in various applications, of place, cause or time.

it
αὐτὴν (autēn)
Personal / Possessive Pronoun - Accusative Feminine 3rd Person Singular
Strong's Greek 846: He, she, it, they, them, same. From the particle au; the reflexive pronoun self, used of the third person, and of the other persons.

and
καὶ (kai)
Conjunction
Strong's Greek 2532: And, even, also, namely.

fertilize [it].
κόπρια (kopria)
Noun - Accusative Neuter Plural
Strong's Greek 2874: Manure; a dung-hill. From kopros; manure.
(8) And dung it.--Literally, and put dung. Homely as the imagery is, it suggests fertilising and gracious influences not less vividly than the dew or rain from heaven, and points, perhaps, specifically to such as are working on us in our earthly surroundings, as contrasted with the directly supernatural action of God's grace.

Verse 8. - And he answering said unto him, Lord, let it alone this year also, till I shall dig about it, and dung it. The last year - the year of grace they who listened to him then were living in. It was the last summons to repentance, the final reminder to the old covenant people that to their high privileges as the chosen race there were duties attached. They prided themselves on the privileges, they utterly forgot the duties. The period represented by this last year included the preaching of John the Baptist, the public ministry of Jesus Christ, and the forty years of apostolic teaching which followed the Crucifixion and Resurrection. The last chance was given, but in the Vinedresser's prayer to the Lord of the vineyard there is scarcely a ray of hope. The history of the world supplies the sequel to this parable-story. 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.
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