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1 Then came the word of Jehovah unto me, saying,

2 Son of man, What is the wood of the vine Better than any branching-tree among the trees of the wood?

3 Shall wood be taken from it to form any work? Or will it make a peg to hang any vessel thereon?

4 Behold, it is east into the fire for burning; The fire devoured both ends of it, and its middle is burnt 329329     See vol. 2, p. 84, note. Is it useful for any purpose?

5 Lo! when it was entire, it was not used for any purpose: How much less when the fire has consumed it, And it is burnt up, shall it be useful for any purpose?

6 Therefore thus says the Lord Jehovah, As the wood of the vine among the trees of the forest, Which I have cast into the fire for fuel, So have I given the inhabitants of Jerusalem:

7 Then will I set my face against them; They shall pass through fire, and fire shall consume them; And they shall know that I am Jehovah, When I have set my face against them.

8 Then will I make the land desolate, Because they have transgressed with transgression 330330     See vol. 2, p. 91, note. Says the Lord Jehovah.

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