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And the word of Jehovah came unto me, saying,
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Son of man, what is the wood of the vine more than any wood, the vine-branch, which is among the trees of the forest?
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Shall wood be taken thereof to do any work?
or will [men] take a pin of it to hang any vessel thereon?
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Behold, it is given to the fire for fuel: the fire consumeth both the ends of it, and the midst of it is burned;
is it fit for [any] work?
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Behold, when it was whole, it was used for no work;
how much less when the fire hath consumed it, and it is burned, should it yet be used for any work?
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Therefore thus saith the Lord Jehovah: As the wood of the vine among the trees of the forest, which I have given to the fire for fuel, so will I give the inhabitants of Jerusalem.
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And I will set my face against them: they shall go forth from [one] fire, and [another] fire shall devour them;
and ye shall know that I [am] Jehovah when I set my face against them.
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And I will make the land a desolation, because they have wrought unfaithfulness, saith the Lord Jehovah.