Ezekiel 15

Jerusalem the Useless Vine

Then the word of the LORD came to me, saying, “Son of man, how does the wood of the vine surpass any [other] branch among the trees in the forest? Can wood be taken from it to make something useful? Or can one make from it a peg on which to hang utensils? No, it is cast into the fire for fuel. The fire devours both ends, and the middle is charred. Can it be useful for anything? Even when it was whole, it could not be made useful. How much less can it ever be useful when the fire has consumed and charred it! Therefore, this is what the Lord GOD says: ‘Like the wood of the vine among the trees of the forest, which I have given to the fire for fuel, so I will give up the people of Jerusalem. And I will set My face against them. Though they may have escaped the fire, yet another fire will consume them. And when I set My face against them, you will know that I [am] the LORD. Thus I will make the land desolate, because they have acted unfaithfully, declares the Lord GOD.’”
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