Jerusalem, a Useless Vine1 And the word of the Lord came to me: 2 a “Son of man, how does b the wood of the vine surpass any wood, the vine branch that is among the trees of the forest? 3 Is wood taken from it to make anything? Do people take c a peg from it to hang any vessel on it? 4 d Behold, it is given to the fire for fuel. When the fire has consumed both ends of it, and the middle of it is charred, is it useful for anything? 5 e Behold, when it was whole, it was used for nothing. How much less, when the fire has consumed it and it is charred, can it ever be used for anything! 6 Therefore thus says the Lord God: f Like the wood of the vine among the trees of the forest g which I have given to the fire for fuel, so have I given up the inhabitants of Jerusalem. 7 h And I will set my face against them. Though i they escape from the fire, the fire shall yet consume them, j and you will know that I am the Lord k when I set my face against them. 8 l And I will make the land desolate, because m they have acted faithlessly, declares the Lord God.”
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