Biblical Symbolism of the Fig TreeFrom hot topic Biblical and Religious Symbolism.
What is the significance of fig trees in the bible?
From Adam and Eve fashioning clothes from the leaves of the fig tree, to Jesus cursing the fig tree; the biblical symbolism of the fig tree has fairly negative connotations, some might even say the fig tree means judgement.
Jesus curses the fig tree
This blog post entitled "The Withering Fig Tree" offers some helpful insights into the meaning of the biblical symbolism of the fig tree. It speaks at length about the story of when Jesus spoke to, condemned, withered, and killed a fig tree, in the gospels of Matthew and Mark.
Fig Trees in the Bible
Jeremiah 8:13 - “‘I will take away their harvest, declares the Lord. There will be no grapes on the vine. There will be no figsB)"> on the tree, and their leaves will wither. What I have given them will be takenD)"> from them.’”
Matthew 21:19-22 - Seeing a fig tree by the road, he went up to it but found nothing on it except leaves. Then he said to it, “May you never bear fruit again!” Immediately the tree withered.
Matthew 24:32-33 - "Now learn this lesson from the fig tree: As soon as its twigs get tender and its leaves come out, you know that summer is near."
Zechariah 3:10 - “‘In that day each of you will invite your neighbor to sitA)"> under your vine and fig tree,B)">’ declares the Lord Almighty.”
Micah 4:4 - Everyone will sit under their own vine and under their own fig tree, and no one will make them afraid, for the Lord Almighty has spoken.
Deuteronomy 8:7-8 - For the Lord your God is bringing you into a good landA)">—a land with brooks, streams, and deep springs gushing out into the valleys and hills;B)"> 8 a land with wheat and barley,C)"> vinesD)"> and fig trees,E)"> pomegranates, olive oil and honey;
Genesis Rabbah 19:6 - “And they sewed the leaves of the fig [te'enah] together.”
Mark 11: 12-25 - Seeing in the distance a fig tree in leaf, he went to find out if it had any fruit. When he reached it, he found nothing but leaves, because it was not the season for figs.D)">14 Then he said to the tree, “May no one ever eat fruit from you again.”