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Is Jerusalem Useful for Anything?

15 Then the word of Yahweh came to me, saying, “Son of man, how is the wood of the (A)vine better than any wood of a branch which is among the trees of the forest? Can wood be taken from it to make [a]anything, or can men take a peg from it on which to hang any vessel? [b]If it has been put into the (B)fire for fuel, and the fire has consumed both of its ends, and its middle part has been charred, is it then useful for [c]anything? Behold, while it is intact, it is not made into [d]anything. How much less, when the fire has consumed it and it is charred, can it still be made into [e]anything! Therefore, thus says Lord Yahweh, ‘As the wood of the vine among the trees of the forest, which I have given to the fire for fuel, so have I given up the inhabitants of Jerusalem; and I will (C)give My face to be against them. Though they have (D)come out of the fire, yet the fire will consume them. Then you will know that I am Yahweh, when I set My face against them. Thus I will give over the land to desolation because they have (E)acted unfaithfully,’” declares Lord Yahweh.


  1. Ezekiel 15:3 Lit a work
  2. Ezekiel 15:4 Or Behold
  3. Ezekiel 15:4 Lit a work
  4. Ezekiel 15:5 Lit a work
  5. Ezekiel 15:5 Lit a work