But after they had rest, they did evil again before thee: therefore leftest thou them in the hand of their enemies, so that they had the dominion over them: yet when they returned, and cried unto thee, thou heardest [them] from heaven; and many times didst thou deliver them according to thy mercies;
And he answering said unto him, Lord, let it alone this year also, till I shall dig about it, and dung [it]:
Then said he unto the dresser of his vineyard, Behold, these three years I come seeking fruit on this fig tree, and find none: cut it down; why cumbereth it the ground?
He spake also this parable; A certain [man] had a fig tree planted in his vineyard; and he came and sought fruit thereon, and found none.
And shall cut him asunder, and appoint [him] his portion with the hypocrites: there shall be weeping and gnashing of teeth.
The lord of that servant shall come in a day when he looketh not for [him], and in an hour that he is not aware of,
And shall begin to smite [his] fellowservants, and to eat and drink with the drunken;
But and if that evil servant shall say in his heart, My lord delayeth his coming;
Because sentence against an evil work is not executed speedily, therefore the heart of the sons of men is fully set in them to do evil.
He, that being often reproved hardeneth [his] neck, shall suddenly be destroyed, and that without remedy.
When your fear cometh as desolation, and your destruction cometh as a whirlwind; when distress and anguish cometh upon you.
I also will laugh at your calamity; I will mock when your fear cometh;
But ye have set at nought all my counsel, and would none of my reproof:
Because I have called, and ye refused; I have stretched out my hand, and no man regarded;
Nevertheless for thy great mercies' sake thou didst not utterly consume them, nor forsake them; for thou [art] a gracious and merciful God.
Yet many years didst thou forbear them, and testifiedst against them by thy spirit in thy prophets: yet would they not give ear: therefore gavest thou them into the hand of the people of the lands.
And testifiedst against them, that thou mightest bring them again unto thy law: yet they dealt proudly, and hearkened not unto thy commandments, but sinned against thy judgments, (which if a man do, he shall live in them;) and withdrew the shoulder, and hardened their neck, and would not hear.
And if it bear fruit, [well]: and if not, [then] after that thou shalt cut it down.