3: Ver. 10. And now also is the axe laid to the root of the trees.
q.d. God is now taking aim where to hit, and how to fell you, as a man layeth his axe at that very place that he intends to smite at: he seeth well enough that all his patience and pains in digging, in dunging, and in dressing you, is to no purpose.
He comes “seeking fruit from time to time, but findeth none,” #Lu 13:7.
Now therefore he hath laid down his basket, and taken up his axe, as resolved to ruin you, unless present course be taken.
Neglect not the present “now,” lest ye be cut off for ever.
God will not always serve you for a sinning stock.
Since ye have a preacher, repent or perish.
Let this spring distinguish between dead and living trees.