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 than] a branch which is among the trees of the forest? 3: Shall wood be taken of it to do any work? or will [men] take a pin of it to hang any vessel upon it? 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 suitable for [any] work? 5: Behold, when it was whole, it was fit for no work: how much less then shall it be fit for [any] work, when the fire hath devoured it, and it is burned? 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.