Then the word of the LORDcame to me, saying,
2"Son of man, how is the wood of the 1vine better thananywood of a branchwhich is among the trees of the forest?
"Can wood be taken from it to makeaanything, or can men take a peg from it on which to hanganyvessel?
"bIf it has been put into the 2fire for fuel, and the fire has consumedboth of its ends and its middlepart has beencharred, is it then useful for canything?
5"Behold, while it is intact, it is not made into danything. Howmuchless, when the fire has consumed it and it is charred, can it still be made into eanything!
6"Therefore, thussays the LordfGOD, '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;
and I 3set My face against them. Though they have 4come 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.
'Thus I will make the landdesolate, because they have 5actedunfaithfully,' " declares the LordGOD.