Ezekiel 15:3
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New International Version
Is wood ever taken from it to make anything useful? Do they make pegs from it to hang things on?

King James Bible
Shall wood be taken thereof to do any work? or will men take a pin of it to hang any vessel thereon?

Darby Bible Translation
Shall wood be taken thereof to do any work? or will [men] take a pin of it to hang any vessel thereon?

World English Bible
Shall wood be taken of it to make any work? or will men take a pin of it to hang any vessel thereon?

Young's Literal Translation
Is wood taken from it to use for work? Do they take of it a pin to hang any vessel on it?

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Clarke's Commentary on the Bible

What is the vine tree more than any tree - It is certain that the vine is esteemed only on account of its fruit. In some countries, it is true, it grows to a considerable size and thickness: but, even then, it is not of a sufficient density to work into furniture. But whatever may be said of the stock of the vine, it is the branch that the prophet speaks of here; and I scarcely know the branch of any tree in the forest more useless than is the branch of the vine. Out of it who can even make a pin to drive into a mud wall, or hang any vessel on? A vine would never be cultivated for the sake of its wood; it is really worthless but as it bears fruit. What is Israel? Good for nothing, but as God influenced them to bring forth fruit to his glory. But now that they have ceased to be fruitful, they are good for nothing, but, like a withered branch of the vine, to be burnt.

Treasury of Scripture Knowledge

Jeremiah 24:8 And as the evil figs, which cannot be eaten, they are so evil; surely thus said the LORD, So will I give Zedekiah the king of Judah...

Matthew 5:13 You are the salt of the earth: but if the salt have lost his flavor, with which shall it be salted? it is thereafter good for nothing...

Mark 9:50 Salt is good: but if the salt have lost his saltiness, with which will you season it? Have salt in yourselves...

Luke 14:34,35 Salt is good: but if the salt have lost his flavor, with which shall it be seasoned...

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The Fruitless vine
Let us remember that these things might be said without implying that God in the least degree alters his eternal purpose toward any chosen vessel of mercy; for the Israelitish nation was not chosen to eternal salvation, as a nation, but chosen to special privileges; a type and shadow of that eternal personal election which Christ has given to his church. From his own elect church God will never withdraw his love; but from the outward and visible church he sometimes may. From his own people he never
Charles Haddon Spurgeon—Spurgeon's Sermons Volume 3: 1857

God's Glory the Chief End of Man's Being
Rom. xi. 36.--"Of him and through him, and to him, are all things, to whom be glory for ever." And 1 Cor. x. 31--"Whatsoever ye do, do all to the glory of God." All that men have to know, may be comprised under these two heads,--What their end is, and What is the right way to attain to that end? And all that we have to do, is by any means to seek to compass that end. These are the two cardinal points of a man's knowledge and exercise. Quo et qua eundum est,--Whither to go, and what way to go.
Hugh Binning—The Works of the Rev. Hugh Binning

Cross References
Judges 4:21
But Jael, Heber's wife, picked up a tent peg and a hammer and went quietly to him while he lay fast asleep, exhausted. She drove the peg through his temple into the ground, and he died.

Ezekiel 15:2
"Son of man, how is the wood of a vine different from that of a branch from any of the trees in the forest?

Ezekiel 15:4
And after it is thrown on the fire as fuel and the fire burns both ends and chars the middle, is it then useful for anything?

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