151 Then the word of the Lord came to me, saying , 2 "Son of man , how is the wood of the vine better than any wood of a branch which is among the trees of the forest ? 3 "Can wood be taken from it to make anything , or can men take a peg from it on which to hang any vessel ? 4 "If it has been put into the fire for fuel , and the fire has consumed both of its ends and its middle part has been charred , is it then useful for anything ? 5 "Behold , while it is intact , it is not made into anything . How much less , when the fire has consumed it and it is charred , can it still be made into anything ! 6 "Therefore , thus says the Lord GOD , 'As the wood of the vine among the trees of the forest , which I have given to the fire for fuel , so have I given up the inhabitants of Jerusalem ; 7 and I set My face against them. Though they have come out of the fire , yet the fire will consume them. Then you will know that I am the Lord , when I set My face against them. 8 'Thus I will make the land desolate , because they have acted unfaithfully ,' " declares the Lord GOD .