Ezekiel 15

Jerusalem, the unfaithful and useless vine, a short poem
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 1 ¶ And the word of the LORD came unto me, saying,
 2  Son of man, What is the vine tree more than any tree, or than a branch which is among the trees of the forest?
 3  Shall wood be taken thereof to do any work? or will men take a pin of it to hang any vessel thereon?
 4  Behold, it is cast into the fire for fuel; the fire devoureth both the ends of it, and the midst of it is burned. Is it meet for any work?
 5  Behold, when it was whole, it was meet for no work: how much less shall it be meet yet for any work, when the fire hath devoured it, and it is burned?
  2 - Vine Not generally considered a tree. So what did Ezekiel's readers think of in considering a vine? God's people had been like a vineyard. In fact, an unproductive one is0501-7.
  5 - Fire What would this mean? Read on.
 6  Therefore thus saith the Lord GOD; As the vine tree among the trees of the forest, which I have given to the fire for fuel, so will I give the inhabitants of Jerusalem.
 7  And I will set my face against them; they shall go out from one fire, and another fire shall devour them; and ye shall know that I am the LORD, when I set my face against them.
 8  And I will make the land desolate, because they have committed a trespass, saith the Lord GOD.
  6 - Among the trees The people of Jerusalem were pretending to be something they were not. Judged as a tree they were useless. As a vine they were about to be burned and more useless.
  8 - Desolate The end result of rebellion.
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