1And the word of the Lord came to me, saying:
2Son of man, what shall be made of the wood of the vine, out of all the trees of the woods that are among the trees of the forests?
3Shall wood be taken of if, to do any work, or shall a pin be made of it for any vessel to hang thereon?
4Behold it is cast into the fire for fuel: the fire hath consumed both ends thereof, and the midst thereof is reduced to ashes: shall it be useful for any work?
5Even when it was whole it was not fit for work: how much less, when the fire hath devoured and consumed it, shall any work be made of it?
6Therefore thus saith the Lord God: As the vine tree among the trees of the forests which I have given to the fire to be consumed, so will I deliver up the inhabitants of Jerusalem.
7And I will set my face against them: they shall go out from fire, and fire shall consume them: and you shall know that I am the Lord, when I shall have set my face against them.
8And I shall have made their land a wilderness, and desolate, because they have been transgressors, saith the Lord God.