Matthew 24:32

Now learn a parable of the fig tree; When his branch is yet tender, and putteth forth leaves, ye know that summer is nigh:

King James Version (KJV)

Other Translations

Now learne a parable of the figtree: when his branch is yet tender, and putteth foorth leaues, yee know that Summer is nigh:
- King James Version (1611) - View 1611 Bible Scan

"Now learn the parable from the fig tree: when its branch has already become tender and puts forth its leaves, you know that summer is near;
- New American Standard Version (1995)

Now from the fig tree learn her parable: when her branch is now become tender, and putteth forth its leaves, ye know that the summer is nigh;
- American Standard Version (1901)

Now take an example from the fig-tree: when her branch has become soft and puts out its leaves, you are certain that the summer is near;
- Basic English Bible

But learn the parable from the fig-tree: When already its branch becomes tender and produces leaves, ye know that the summer is near.
- Darby Bible

Now learn a parable of the fig-tree; When its branch is yet tender and putteth forth leaves, ye know that summer is nigh:
- Webster's Bible

Now learn from the fig-tree the lesson it teaches. As soon as its branches have now become soft and it is bursting into leaf, you all know that summer is near.
- Weymouth Bible

Now from the fig tree learn this parable. When its branch has now become tender, and puts forth its leaves, you know that the summer is near.
- World English Bible

And lerne ye the parable of a fige tre. Whanne his braunche is now tendir, and the leeues ben sprongun, ye witen that somer is nyy;
- Wycliffe Bible

`And from the fig-tree learn ye the simile: When already its branch may have become tender, and the leaves it may put forth, ye know that summer [is] nigh,
- Youngs Literal Bible

Bible commentary

Wesley's Notes for Matthew 24:32


24:32 Learn a parable - Our Lord having spoke of the signs preceding the two grand events, concerning which the apostles had inquired, begins here to speak of the time of them. And to the question proposed, #Mt 24:3|, concerning the time of the destruction of Jerusalem, he answers #Mt 24:34|. Concerning the time of the end of the world, he answers #Mt 24:36|. #Mark 13:28|; Luke 21:29.


People's Bible Notes for Matthew 24:32


Mt 24:32,33 Learn a parable of the fig tree. The putting forth of the leaves is the sign that summer is near. It puts forth leaves usually in April. So "all these things" (Mt 24:34) show when the Lord is at hand.

Discussion for Matthew 24:32

  • The fig tree is a symbol of Israel s prosperity as a nation. In the case of the withered fig tree Matthew 21 19 , it pictures a nation living in blindness and unbelief, until the fullness of the Gentiles be come in Rom. 11 25 . Indeed, from the time of the destruction of Jerusalem in AD 70, the nation has also been scattered and not in possession of the land until very recently. However, the parable of the fig tree in Matt. 24 32 35 shows an entirely different tree, one having tender branches and leaves beginning to bud, a reference to the nation beginning to prosper again. Jesus uses this as a sign, of sorts, to signify that all these things are near, even at the doors. When we see this sign, we are to know that summer is nigh. Summer is the time when figs bear fruit. Notice carefully the language. When we see the tree starting to bloom, we are to know that summer harvest is near, but not actually here yet. In the context of Israel and the end times, summer must be the millennial kingdom, when the nation is again thriving in the land. That will not happen again until after the return of Christ. Cr. James Hollandsworth

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