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Matthew 21:18-22

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The Withered Fig Tree

21:18 Now early in the morning, as he returned to the city, he was hungry. 21:19 After noticing a fig tree 1  by the road he went to it, but found nothing on it except leaves. He said to it, “Never again will there be fruit from you!” And the fig tree withered at once. 21:20 When the disciples saw it they were amazed, saying, “How did the fig tree wither so quickly?” 21:21 Jesus 2  answered them, “I tell you the truth, 3  if you have faith and do not doubt, not only will you do what was done to the fig tree, but even if you say to this mountain, ‘Be lifted up and thrown into the sea,’ it will happen. 21:22 And whatever you ask in prayer, if you believe, 4  you will receive.”

1 tn Grk “one fig tree.”

sn The fig tree is a variation on the picture of a vine as representing the nation; see Isa 5:1-7.

2 tn Grk “And answering, Jesus said.” This is somewhat redundant and has been simplified in the translation.

3 tn Grk “Truly (ἀμήν, amhn), I say to you.”

4 tn Grk “believing”; the participle here is conditional.



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