New American Bible (Revised Edition)
Parable of the Vine. 1 [a]The word of the Lord came to me:
2 Son of man,
what makes the wood of the vine
Better than the wood of branches
found on the trees in the forest?(A)
3 Can wood be taken from it
to make something useful?
Can someone make even a peg out of it
on which to hang a vessel?
4 Of course not! If it is fed to the fire for fuel,
and the fire devours both ends of it,
Leaving the middle charred,
is it useful for anything then?
5 Even when it is whole
it cannot be used for anything;
So when fire has devoured and charred it,
how useful can it be?
6 Therefore, thus says the Lord God:
Like vine wood among forest trees,
which I have given as fuel for fire,
So I will give the inhabitants of Jerusalem.
7 I will set my face against them:
Although they have escaped the fire,
the fire will still devour them;
You shall know that I am the Lord,
when I set my face against them.(B)
8 Yes, I will make the land desolate,
because they are so unfaithful—
oracle of the Lord God.