Mark 11:13

“And seeing a fig tree afar off having leaves, he came, if haply he might find any thing thereon: and when he came to it, he found nothing but leaves; for the time of figs was not yet.”

King James Version (KJV)

Other Translations

And seeing a figtree a farre off, hauing leaues, hee came, if haply hee might find any thing thereon, & when he came to it, hee found nothing but leaues: for the time of figs was not yet.
- King James Version (1611) - View 1611 Bible Scan

Seeing at a distance a fig tree in leaf, He went {to see} if perhaps He would find anything on it; and when He came to it, He found nothing but leaves, for it was not the season for figs.
- New American Standard Version (1995)

And seeing a fig tree afar off having leaves, he came, if haply he might find anything thereon: and when he came to it, he found nothing but leaves; for it was not the season of figs.
- American Standard Version (1901)

And seeing a fig-tree in the distance with leaves, he went to see if by chance it had anything on it: and when he came to it, he saw nothing but leaves, for it was not the time for the fruit.
- Basic English Bible

And seeing from afar off a fig-tree which had leaves, he came, if perhaps he might find something on it. And having come up to it he found nothing but leaves, for it was not the time of figs.
- Darby Bible

And seeing a fig-tree afar off, having leaves, he came, if haply he might find any thing on it: and when he came to it, he found nothing but leaves: for the time of figs had not yet come.
- Webster's Bible

But in the distance He saw a fig-tree in full leaf, and went to see whether perhaps He could find some figs on it. When however He came to it, He found nothing but leaves (for it was not fig time);
- Weymouth Bible

Seeing a fig tree afar off having leaves, he came to see if perhaps he might find anything on it. When he came to it, he found nothing but leaves, for it was not the season for figs.
- World English Bible

And whanne he hadde seyn a fige tree afer hauynge leeues, he cam, if happili he schulde fynde ony thing theron; and whanne he cam to it, he foonde no thing, out takun leeues; for it was not tyme of figis.
- Wycliffe Bible

and having seen a fig-tree afar off having leaves, he came, if perhaps he shall find anything in it, and having come to it, he found nothing except leaves, for it was not a time of figs,
- Youngs Literal Bible

Bible commentary

Wesley's Notes for Mark 11:13


11:13 For it was not a season of figs - It was net (as we say) a good year for figs; at least not for that early sort, which alone was ripe so soon in the spring. If we render the words, It was not the season of figs, that is, the time of gathering them in, it may mean, The season was not yet: and so (inclosing the words in a parenthesis, And coming to it, he found nothing but leaves) it may refer to the former part of the sentence, and may be considered as the reason of Christ's going to see whether there were any figs on this tree. Some who also read that clause in a parenthesis, translate the hollowing words, for where he was, it was the season of figs. And it is certain, this meaning of the words suits best with the great design of the parable, which was to reprove the Jewish Church for its unfruitfulness at that very season, when fruit might best be expected from them.


Discussion for Mark 11:13

  • Kerry D Kinzer for verse 13
    I tend to believe The Lord saw that this tree was not going to bear fruit that would be pleasing to the Kingdom, thus he cursed it.
  • Elizabeth Lee Qiao for verse 13
    (Mark 11:13,14) Jesus was described as HUNGRY GOD
    He was not known about the time of fruit on the Fig tree

    When he did not find the fruit he curse the tree to death
    Why is Jesus so unlawful when the tree is obeying the commandment of the Father

    Please explain or cont me on elizabethlee.qiao at gmail
  • Susan Dalton for verse 13
    "And seeing a fig tree afar off having leaves, he came, if haply he might find any thing thereon: and when he came to it, he found nothing but leaves; for the time of figs was not yet." (Mark 11:13)

    Do you ever come to a tree expecting fruit and find only leaves?

    Jesus came to such a tree.

    When Jesus came, Israel should have recognized Him as God, and received Him as God. As a whole, the nation Israel did not receive Him as the Son of God. "He came unto His own, and His own received Him not." (John 1:11)

    Israel, and all who received Him not, had only leaves, when they should have had fruit.

    It was their time, it was their season; they should have been ready, they should have had fruit; they were not ready, they had only leaves.

    But there is hope, Israel will bear fruit in the future.

    Sometimes we come to a tree that should be bearing fruit, and it is not. Maybe sometime in the future it will bear fruit, just not at this time when you stand before it.

    Jesus expected fruit, and did not find it.

    There is a tree we can always find bearing fruit. At all times, in all seasons, this tree is never barren. It bears all manner of fruits, not just one kind. The fruit of this tree satisfies all hunger, and affords all healing.

    We can come and sit under the shade of this tree and eat freely.

    This tree is Jesus.

    "O taste and see that the LORD is good."

    Whosever will, let him eat of this tree freely.

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