Scripture Verse

When He saw a fig tree in the way, He came to it, and found nothing thereon, but leaves only, and said unto it, Let no fruit grow on thee henceforward for ever. And presently the fig tree withered away. Matthew 21:19


John Newton

Words: John New­ton, Ol­ney Hymns (Lon­don: W. Ol­iv­er, 1779), Book 1, num­ber 97. The blast­ed fig tree.

Music: Ea­ton (Chad­wick) George W. Chad­wick, 1888 (🔊 pdf nwc).

George W. Chadwick


One awful word which Je­sus spoke,
Against the tree which bore no fruit;
More piercing than the lightning’s stroke,
Blasted and dried it to the root.

But could a tree the Lord offend,
To make Him show His anger thus?
He surely had a farther end,
To be a warning word to us.

The fig tree by its leaves was known,
But having not a fig to show;
It brought a heavy sentence down,
Let none hereafter on thee grow.

Too many, who the Gos­pel hear,
Whom Satan blinds and sin deceives;
We to this fig tree may compare,
They yield no fruit, but only leaves.

Knowledge, and zeal, and gifts, and talk,
Unless combined with faith and love,
And witnessed by a Gos­pel walk,
Will not a true profession prove.

Without the fruit the Lord expects
Knowledge will make our state the worse;
The barren trees He still rejects,
And soon will blast them with His curse.

O Lord, unite our hearts in prayer!
On each of us Thy Spi­rit send;
That we the fruits of grace may bear,
And find acceptance in the end.