Now there were some present at that time who told Jesus about the Galileans whose blood Pilate1 had mixed with their sacrifices.
Jesus answered, "Do you think that these Galileans were worse sinners than all the other Galileans because they suffered this way?23I tell you, no! But unless you repent, you too will all perish.4Or those eighteen who died when the tower in Siloam3 fell on them--do you think they were more guilty than all the others living in Jerusalem?5I tell you, no! But unless you repent,4 you too will all perish."6
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.57So 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!6 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.9If it bears fruit next year, fine! If not, then cut it down.' "