Burning a Useless Vine
1 The word of the Lord came to me: 2 “Son of man, of all the woody branches among the trees of the forest, what happens to the wood of the vine?1 3 Can wood be taken from it to make anything useful? Or can anyone make a peg from it to hang things on? 4 No!2 It is thrown in the fire for fuel; when the fire has burned up both ends of it and it is charred in the middle, will it be useful for anything? 5 Indeed! If it was not made into anything useful when it was whole, how much less can it be made into anything when the fire has burned it up and it is charred?
6 “Therefore, this is what the sovereign Lord says: Like the wood of the vine is among the trees of the forest which I have provided as fuel for the fire – so I will provide the residents of Jerusalem3 as fuel.4 7 I will set5 my face against them – although they have escaped from the fire,6 the fire will still consume them! Then you will know that I am the Lord, when I set my face against them. 8 I will make7 the land desolate because they have acted unfaithfully, declares the sovereign Lord.”