Ezekiel 15 – “God Vows to Punish Israel”

Hebrew-English Text
I. Summary
God promises to ignite the land like a piece of firewood.

II. Photo
God compares Israel to firewood: “Now suppose it was thrown into the fire as fuel and the fire consumed its two ends and its middle was charred — is it good for any use?” (v. 4)

III. Important Verses
2-5: O mortal, how is the wood of the grapevine better than the wood of any branch to be found among the trees of the forest? Can wood be taken from it for use in any work? Can one take a peg from it to hang any vessel on? Now suppose it was thrown into the fire as fuel and the fire consumed its two ends and its middle was charred — is it good for any use? Even when it was whole it could not be used for anything; how much less when fire has consumed it and it is charred! Can it still be used for anything?
6-8: Assuredly, thus said the Lord GOD: Like the wood of the grapevine among the trees of the forest, which I have designated to be fuel for fire, so will I treat the inhabitants of Jerusalem. I will set My face against them; they escaped from fire, but fire shall consume them. When I set my face against them, you shall know that I am the LORD. I will make the land a desolation, because they committed trespass — declares the Lord GOD.

IV. Outline
1. Introduction
2-5. Metaphor: burned vine-wood is useless
6-8. Explanation: God will destroy the Israelites

V. Comment
No comment today. Stay tuned.

VI. Works Used
(see “Commentaries” page)
Allen, Leslie C. “Ezekiel 1-19” Word Biblical Commentary vol. 28 (Waco, Texas: Wordbook, 1994).
Collins, John J. “Introduction to the Hebrew Bible,” (Minneapolis: Fortress Press, 2004).
Hals, Ronald M. “Ezekiel” The forms of the Old Testament Literature vol. 19 (Grand Rapids, Michigan: Eerdmans, 1989)
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