Jerusalem like a Useless Vine 15 1Then 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 [P]anything, or can men take a peg from it on which to hang any vessel? 4“[Q]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 [R]anything? 5“Behold, while it is intact, it is not made into [S]anything. How much less, when the fire has consumed it and it is charred, can it still be made into [T]anything! 6“Therefore, thus says the Lord [U]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; 7and 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.
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