Jesus spoke this parable:
A certain man had a fig tree planted in his vineyard; and he came and looked for fruit on it and found none.
Then he said to the dresser of his vineyard, I have come seeking fruit on this fig tree for three years, and find none: cut it down. Why let it use up the ground?
And he answered to him, Lord, let it alone this year also, till I shall dig around it and fertilize it. And if it bear fruit, well: and if not, then after that you shall cut it down.