1Now on the sameoccasion there were somepresent who reported to Him about the Galileanswhoseblood1Pilate had amixed with their sacrifices.
And Jesus said to them, "2Do you suppose that theseGalileans were greater sinnersthanall other Galileansbecause they sufferedthis fate?3"I tell you, no, but unless you brepent, you will alllikewiseperish.4"Or do you suppose that thoseeighteen on whom the tower in 3Siloamfell and killed them were worse c4culpritsthanall the men who live in Jerusalem?5"I tell you, no, but unless you repent, you will alllikewiseperish."6
And He began tellingthisparable: "A manhad5a figtree which had been planted in his vineyard; and he camelooking for fruit on it and did not find any.7"And he said to the vineyard-keeper, 'Behold, for threeyears I have comelooking for fruit on thisfigtreedwithoutfinding any. 6Cut it down! Why does it evenuse up the ground?'8"And he answered and said to him, 'Let it alone, sir, for thisyeartoo, until I digaround it and put in fertilizer;9and if it bearsfruitnext year, fine; but if not, cut it down.' "