Ezekiel 15

Jerusalem is like a tree that has no value

1 Again the Lord spoke to me. 2 ‘Son of man,’ he said. ‘The wood of the vine is no better than any other wood that grows. 3 Nobody takes its wood to make into a thing that they can use. They cannot even make from it a little thing on which to hang clothes! 4 They can burn it in the fire. Then only the black, burnt centre remains. But they still cannot use it. 5 They could not use it while it was green. So they surely cannot use it after they have burnt it black.

15:2In the picture language of the Bible, the vine often means Israel.

6 So this is what the Lord God says to you. “I have burnt the wood of the vine. In the same way, I will burn the people who live in Jerusalem. 7 I will not save them. If the fire has not burnt them yet, it will still burn them. I will do this. Then you will know that I am the Lord. 8 I will cause the land to be empty. I will do this because they have not continued to worship me,” says the Lord God.’