English Standard Version
Then if it should bear fruit next year, well and good; but if not, you can cut it down.’”
King James Bible
And if it bear fruit, well: and if not, then after that thou shalt cut it down.
American Standard Version
and if it bear fruit thenceforth, well ; but if not, thou shalt cut it down.
And if happily it bear fruit: but if not, then after that thou shalt cut it down.
English Revised Version
and if it bear fruit thenceforth, well; but if not, thou shalt cut it down.
Webster's Bible Translation
And if it shall bear fruit, well: and if not, then after that thou shalt cut it down.
Weymouth New Testament
If after that it bears fruit, well and good; if it does not, then you shall cut it down.'"
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CommentaryVincent's Word Studies
And if it bear fruit, well; and if not, then after that
Join afar that with bear fruit. "If it bear fruit for the future (εἰς τὸ μέλλον, Rev., thenceforth), well; but if not, thou shalt cut it down." Trench ("Parables") cites an Arabian writer's receipt for curing a palm-tree of barrenness. "Thou must take a hatchet, and go to the tree with a friend, unto whom thou sayest, 'I will cut down this tree, for it is unfruitful.' He answers, 'Do not so, this year it will certainly bear fruit.' But the other says, 'It must needs be - it must be hewn down;' and gives the stem of the tree three blows with the back of the hatchet. But the other restrains him, crying, 'Nay, do it not, thou wilt certainly have fruit from it this year, only have patience with it, and be not overhasty in cutting it down; if it still refuses to bear fruit, then cut it down.' Then will the tree that year be certainly fruitful and bear abundantly." Trench adds that this story appears to be widely spread in the East.
Thou shalt cut it down
The vine-dresser does not say, "I will cut," but refers that to the master.
Treasury of Scripture Knowledge
And he answered him, 'Sir, let it alone this year also, until I dig around it and put on manure.
Now he was teaching in one of the synagogues on the Sabbath.
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