New American Standard Bible
Jerusalem like a Useless Vine
15 Then the word of the Lord came to me, saying, 2 “Son of man, [a]how is the wood of the (A)vine better than any wood of a branch which is among the trees of the forest? 3 Can wood be taken from it to make [b]anything, or can even a peg be taken from it on which to hang any utensil? 4 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 good for [c]anything? 5 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! 6 Therefore, this is what the Lord [f]God says: ‘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; 7 and I (C)set My face against them. Though they have (D)come out of the fire, yet the fire will consume them. Then you will know that I am the Lord, when I set My face against them. 8 So I will make the land desolate, because they have (E)acted unfaithfully,’” declares the Lord God.