Behold, when it was whole it was meet for no
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.