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.