1 And the word of the Lord came to me, saying,
2 And thou, son of man—of all the wood, of the branches that are among the trees of the forest, what shall be made of the wood of the vine?
3 Will they take wood of it to make for work? will they take of it a peg to hang any vessel upon it?
4 It is only given to the fire to be consumed; the fire consumes that which is yearly pruned of it, and it is utterly gone. Will it be useful for work?
5 Not even while it is yet whole will it be for work: if the fire shall have utterly consumed it, will it still be for work?
6 Therefore say, Thus saith the Lord, As the vine-tree among the trees of the forest, which I have given up to the fire to be consumed, so have I given up the inhabitants of Jerusalem.
7 And I will set my face against them; they shall go forth of the fire, and fire shall devour them; and they shall know that I am the Lord, when I have set my face against them.
8 And I will give up the land to ruin, because they have utterly transgressed, saith the Lord.