Ezekiel 15
New Revised Standard Version Catholic Edition

The Useless Vine

1The word of the Lord came to me:

2O mortal, how does the wood of the vine surpass all other wood—
    the vine branch that is among the trees of the forest?
3Is wood taken from it to make anything?
    Does one take a peg from it on which to hang any object?
4It is put in the fire for fuel;
    when the fire has consumed both ends of it
    and the middle of it is charred,
    is it useful for anything?
5When 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!

6Therefore thus says the Lord God: Like the wood of the vine among the trees of the forest, which I have given to the fire for fuel, so I will give up the inhabitants of Jerusalem. 7I will set my face against them; although they escape from the fire, the fire shall still consume them; and you shall know that I am the Lord, when I set my face against them. 8And I will make the land desolate, because they have acted faithlessly, says the Lord God.

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