Ezekiel 15:5

5 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?

Read Ezekiel 15:5 Using Other Translations

Behold, when it was whole, it was meet for no work: how much less shall it be meet yet for any work, when the fire hath devoured it, and it is burned?
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!
Vines are useless both before and after being put into the fire!

What does Ezekiel 15:5 mean?

John Gill's Exposition of the Bible
Ezekiel 15:5

Behold, when it was whole it was meet for no work
Before it was cut into pieces, and east into the fire, it was not fit to make so much as a pin of to hang anything on; so Israel, when all together, before the ten tribes were carried captive, or the Jews before the captivity of Jeconiah, were useless and unfruitful, and to every good work reprobate: how much less shall it be meet yet for [any] work when the fire hath
devoured it, and it is burned?
as its wood is good for nothing before it is burned, its ashes are useless after.

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