The word of the LORD came to me:
"Son of man, how is the wood of a vine1 better than that of a branch on any of the trees in the forest?
Is wood ever taken from it to make anything useful?2 Do they make pegs3 from it to hang things on?
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?45
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?