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Ezekiel 15

Jerusalem like an unfruitful vine.

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Jerusalem like an unfruitful vine

1 And the word of the LORD came unto 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 thereof to do any work? or will men take a pin of it to hang any vessel thereon?

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 meet for any work?

5 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?

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.

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G Haydock's Catholic Bible Commentary

Ver. 2. Wood. Small branches or tendrils. The vines of that country were probably small. C. — The wild vine (Sanct.) grows very large, and the wood is durable, so that statues, pillars, and ladders were formed of it. Pliny xiv. 1. — Strabo (ii. and xi.) mentions the trunk of a vine which two men could hardly clasp, and the bunch of grapes was two cubits high. But the prophet speaks of the small branches, which are fit only for the fire. C. — God’s Church is often compared to a vine on account of its fruit, and the branches separated from her resemble the useless cuttings. S. Aug. tr. lxxxi. in Jo. W. — See Ward’s Tree of Life, where this is set in a very striking light. In every age the Church makes fresh conquests, while heretics leave and persecute her. H.

Ver. 3. Thereon. Is. xxii. 23. C. — The Turkish lords have no furniture in their rooms, but hang their arms, saddles, &c. upon such pins, or on strings. Roger. ii.

Ver. 4. Ashes. It is not even solid enough for fuel. C. — When a faggot is consumed in the middle, the ends are also put into the fire; so not one shall escape who dies out of the Church. W. — The wicked Jews shall surely suffer. v. 6. H.

Ver. 7. From fire. If they escape one misery they shall fall into another, as the event shewed. C. — They shall be thrown back into the fire. M.