Now in the morning, as He returned to the city, He was hungry. 19 And seeing a fig tree by the road, He came to it and found nothing on it but leaves, and said to it, “Let no fruit grow on you ever again.” Immediately the fig tree withered away. – Matthew 21:18-19.
Matthew condenses this incident that took place on two separate days (cf. Mark 11:12–14, 20–26). The linking of this incident with the cleansing of the temple hints at God’s imminent punishment of Israel by the destruction of the city and the temple (Jer. 24:1–8).