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?
Ezekiel 15:3 Parallel
CommentaryClarke'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.
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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
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.
"Son of man, how is the wood of a vine different from that of a branch from any of the trees in the forest?
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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