15 The Lord spoke his word to me. He said: 2 “Human being, what good is the wood of the vine? Is it better than the wood of a 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 The vine is thrown into the fire for fuel. The fire burns up both ends and starts to burn the middle. Then 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 gave the wood of the vine as fuel for fire. In the same way I have given up the people who live in Jerusalem. 7 I will turn against them. They came through one fire. But 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. This is because the people have not been loyal, says the Lord God.”
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