Ezekiel 15 New English Translation (NET Bible)
Burning a Useless Vine
15 The Lord’s message came to me: 2 “Son of man, of all the woody branches among the trees of the forest, what happens to the wood of the vine?[a] 3 Can wood be taken from it to make anything useful? Or can anyone make a peg from it to hang things on? 4 No![b] It is thrown in the fire for fuel; when the fire has burned up both ends of it and it is charred in the middle, will it be useful for anything? 5 Indeed! If it was not made into anything useful when it was whole, how much less can it be made into anything when the fire has burned it up and it is charred?
6 “Therefore, this is what the Sovereign Lord says: Like the wood of the vine is among the trees of the forest that I have provided as fuel for the fire—so I will provide the residents of Jerusalem as fuel.[c] 7 I will set[d] my face against them—although they have escaped from the fire,[e] the fire will still consume them! Then you will know that I am the Lord, when I set my face against them. 8 I will make[f] the land desolate because they have acted unfaithfully, declares the Sovereign Lord.”