1 The Lord spoke his word to me, saying:
2 "Human, is the wood of the vine better than the wood of any tree in the forest?
3 Can wood be taken from the vine to make anything? Can you use it to make a peg on which to hang something?
4 If the vine is thrown into the fire for fuel, and the fire burns up both ends and starts to burn the middle, is it useful for anything?
5 When the vine was whole, it couldn't be made into anything. When the fire has burned it completely, it certainly cannot be made into anything."
6 So this is what the Lord God says: "Out of all the trees in the forest, I have given the wood of the vine as fuel for fire. In the same way I have given up the people who live in Jerusalem
7 and will turn against them. Although they came through one fire, fire will still destroy them. When I turn against them, you will know that I am the Lord.
8 So I will make the land empty, because the people have not been loyal, says the Lord God."