X2 p 1-4. Vine. Fit only for fuel. Symbol q 5. Devoured by fire. " p 6. Inhabitants of Jerusalem. Signification. q 7,8. Devoured by another fire. "
1 And the word of the LORD came to me, saying,
2 "Son of man, what is the vine tree more than any tree, or [what is a vine] branch which has come to be among the trees of the forest?
3 Shall wood be taken thereof to do any work? or will men take a peg of it to hang any vessel thereon?
4 Behold, it is cast into the fire for fuel (cp. John 15:6); the fire devours both the ends of it, and the midst of it is burned. Is it profitable for any work?
5 Behold, when it was whole, it was profitable for no work: how much less shall it be profitable yet for any work, when the fire has devoured it, and it is burned?
6 Therefore thus says 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. (Fulfilled in 2 King 25:9)
7 And I will set My face against them (cp. Lev. 17:10); they shall go out from one fire, and another fire shall devour them; and you shall know that I am the LORD (see 6;7), when I set my face against them.
8 And I will make the land desolate, because they have committed a great trespass, says the Lord GOD.' "