Luke 13:6-9 (NIV) Then he
told this parable: "A man had a fig
tree, planted in his vineyard, and he went to look
for fruit on it, but did not find any. 7 So he
said to the man who took care of the vineyard, ‘For
three years now I've been coming to look for fruit
on this fig tree and haven't found any. Cut it down!
Why should it use up the soil?’ 8 “ ‘Sir,’ the
man replied, ‘leave it alone for one more year, and
I'll dig around it and fertilize it. 9 If it bears
fruit next year, fine! If not, then cut it down.’"