1 The word of the LORD came unto me, saying, 2 "Thou son of man: What cometh of the vine among all other trees? And of the vine stock among all other timber of the grove? 3 Do men take wood of it, to make any work withal? Or may there a nail be made of it, to hang anything upon? 4 Behold, it is cast into the fire to be burnt; the fire consumeth both the ends of it, the midst is burnt to ashes. Is it mete then for any work? No. 5 Seeing then, that it was mete for no work, being whole: much less may there anything be made of it, when the fire hath consumed and burnt it.
6 And therefore thus sayeth the LORD God: Like as I cast the vine into the fire for to be burnt, as other trees of the wood: Even so will I do with them that dwell in Jerusalem, 7 and set my face against them: they shall go out from the fire, and yet the fire shall consume them. Then shall ye know that I am the LORD: when I set my face against them, 8 and make the Land waste, because they have sore offended, sayeth the LORD God.