Israel: The useless vine
1 This word of Yahweh came to me, 2 Son of man, in what way is the wood of the vine superior to that of any other tree in the forest? 3 Do they take its wood to make anything? Do they use it to make a peg for hanging a tool?
4 But now they have used it as fuel and the fire has burned it at both ends leaving the middle charred. Is it then of any use? 5 If it was of no use when it was whole, of even less use will it be when burnt in the fire.
6 That is why Yahweh speaks thus, I took the vine from among all the trees of the forest, and I gave it to the fire to be burned. This is how I have just dealt with those living in Jerusalem. 7 I will turn my face against them. Though they escaped from the fire, the fire will burn them and you will know that I am Yahweh when I turn against them. 8 I will make the land desolate because they have been unfaithful word of Yahweh.