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Then he told this parable: “A man had a fig tree planted in his vineyard; and he came looking for fruit on it and found none. So he said to the gardener, ‘See here! For three years I have come looking for fruit on this fig tree, and still I find none. Cut it down! Why should it be wasting the soil?’ He replied, ‘Sir, let it alone for one more year, until I dig around it and put manure on it. If it bears fruit next year, well and good; but if not, you can cut it down.’”

Luke 13:6-9 NRSV

Luke 13:1-9

Luke 13:1-9

Don't Get Stuck On The Road

Parable of the barren fig tree

Audio Telling (Told by Tim Coombs)

Story in Episodes

Audio Commentary

Written Commentary

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