Chapter 73: Parable of the fig tree

1 He spake also this parable; A certain man had a fig tree planted in his vineyard; and he came and sought fruit thereon, and found it dead of a frost. 2 Then said he unto the dresser of his vineyard, Behold, these three years I come seeking fruit on this fig tree, and this day I find it dead: cut it down; why cumbereth it the ground? 3 And he answering said unto him, Lord, I shall burn it also, then I shall stir the ashes, and bury it: 4 For if it now bear fruit, more shalt there be to cut down.