Luke 13:9
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.’”

Berean Study Bible
If it bears fruit next year, fine. But if not, you can cut it down.’”

Berean Literal Bible
and if indeed it should bear fruit in the time, so be it. But if not, you will 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.

Christian Standard Bible
Perhaps it will produce fruit next year, but if not, you can cut it down.’ ”

Contemporary English Version
Maybe it will have figs on it next year. If it doesn't, you can have it cut down."

Good News Translation
Then if the tree bears figs next year, so much the better; if not, then you can have it cut 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.'"

New Heart English Bible
And if it bears fruit next time, [fine]; 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.'"

New American Standard 1977
and if it bears fruit next year, fine; but if not, 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.'
Study Bible
The Parable of the Barren Fig Tree
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.’” 10One Sabbath Jesus was teaching in one of the synagogues,…
Cross References
Luke 13:8
Sir,' the man replied, 'leave it alone again this year, until I dig around it and fertilize it.

Luke 13:10
One Sabbath Jesus was teaching in one of the synagogues,

Treasury of Scripture

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

if not.

Ezra 9:14,15
Should we again break thy commandments, and join in affinity with the people of these abominations? wouldest not thou be angry with us till thou hadst consumed us, so that there should be no remnant nor escaping? …

Psalm 69:22-28
Let their table become a snare before them: and that which should have been for their welfare, let it become a trap…

Daniel 9:5-8
We have sinned, and have committed iniquity, and have done wickedly, and have rebelled, even by departing from thy precepts and from thy judgments: …







Lexicon
If
κἂν (kan)
Conjunction
Strong's Greek 2579: And if, even if, even, at least. From kai and ean; and if.

it bears
ποιήσῃ (poiēsē)
Verb - Aorist Subjunctive Active - 3rd Person Singular
Strong's Greek 4160: (a) I make, manufacture, construct, (b) I do, act, cause. Apparently a prolonged form of an obsolete primary; to make or do.

fruit
καρπὸν (karpon)
Noun - Accusative Masculine Singular
Strong's Greek 2590: Probably from the base of harpazo; fruit, literally or figuratively.

[next year],
τὸ (to)
Article - Accusative Neuter Singular
Strong's Greek 3588: The, the definite article. Including the feminine he, and the neuter to in all their inflections; the definite article; the.

fine.
μέλλον (mellon)
Verb - Present Participle Active - Accusative Neuter Singular
Strong's Greek 3195: A strengthened form of melo; to intend, i.e. Be about to be, do, or suffer something.

But
δὲ (de)
Conjunction
Strong's Greek 1161: A primary particle; but, and, etc.

if
εἰ (ei)
Conjunction
Strong's Greek 1487: If. A primary particle of conditionality; if, whether, that, etc.

not,
μή¦γε (mē¦ge)
Adverb
Strong's Greek 1490: But if not, else, otherwise. From ei, de, and me; but if not.

you can cut it down.’”
ἐκκόψεις (ekkopseis)
Verb - Future Indicative Active - 2nd Person Singular
Strong's Greek 1581: To cut out (off, away), remove, prevent. From ek and kopto; to exscind; figuratively, to frustrate.
(9) And if it bear fruit.--Some of the better MSS. have, if it bear fruit in the time to come . . . With either reading the sentence is elliptical, and the insertion of "well," as in the English, is needed to convey its meaning.

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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