*THE BOOK OF THE PROPHET
Ezekiel 15 ©
By the similitude of the wood of the vine, God foretells the utter ruin to Jerusalem, by reason of all her wickedness.
AND the word of the LORD came unto me, saying,
Son of man, What is the vine 1tree 2more than any tree, 3or than a branch which is among the trees of the forest?
Shall wood be taken thereof to do any work? or will men 4take 5a pin of it to hang any vessel thereon?
Behold, it is cast into the fire 6for fuel; the fire devoureth 7both the ends of it, and the midst of it is burned. 8Is it meet for any work?
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?
¶Therefore thus saith the Lord GOD; As 9the vine tree among 10the trees of the forest, which I have given to the fire for fuel, so will I give the inhabitants of Jerusalem.
And I will set my face against them; they shall go out from 11one fire, and another fire shall devour them; and ye shall know that I am the LORD, when I set my face against them.
And I will make the land desolate, because they have 12committed a trespass, saith the Lord GOD.