Ezekiel 15 New International Version

Jerusalem like a Useless Vine

15 The word of the Lord came to me: 2  "Son of man, how is the wood of a vine different from that of a branch from any of the trees in the forest? 3  Is wood ever taken from it to make anything useful? Do they make pegs from it to hang things on? 4  And after it is thrown on the fire as fuel and the fire burns both ends and chars the middle, is it then useful for anything? 5  If it was not useful for anything when it was whole, how much less can it be made into something useful when the fire has burned it and it is charred? 6  "Therefore this is what the Sovereign Lord says: As I have given the wood of the vine among the trees of the forest as fuel for the fire, so will I treat the people living in Jerusalem. 7  I will set my face against them. Although they have come out of the fire, the fire will yet consume them. And when I set my face against them, you will know that I am the Lord. 8  I will make the land desolate because they have been unfaithful, declares the Sovereign Lord."

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