Ezekiel 15:5
New International Version
If it was not useful for anything when it was whole, how much less can it be made into something useful when the fire has burned it and it is charred?

New Living Translation
Vines are useless both before and after being put into the fire!

English Standard Version
Behold, when it was whole, it was used for nothing. How much less, when the fire has consumed it and it is charred, can it ever be used for anything!

Berean Study Bible
Even when it was whole, it could not be made useful. How much less can it ever be useful when the fire has consumed it and charred it!

King James Bible
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?

New King James Version
Indeed, when it was whole, no object could be made from it. How much less will it be useful for any work when the fire has devoured it, and it is burned?

New American Standard Bible
Behold, while it is intact, it is not made into anything. How much less, when the fire has consumed it and it is charred, can it still be made into anything!

NASB 1995
"Behold, while it is intact, it is not made into anything. How much less, when the fire has consumed it and it is charred, can it still be made into anything!

NASB 1977
“Behold, while it is intact, it is not made into anything. How much less, when the fire has consumed it and it is charred, can it still be made into anything!

Amplified Bible
Notice this, even when it was complete, it was not useful and was not made into anything. How much less, after the fire has burned [part of] it and [the remainder of] it is charred, can it still be made into anything?

Christian Standard Bible
Even when it was whole it could not be made into a useful object. How much less can it ever be made into anything useful when the fire has devoured it and it is charred! ”

Holman Christian Standard Bible
Even when it was whole it could not be made into a useful object. How much less can it ever be made into anything useful when the fire has devoured it and it is charred!"

American Standard Version
Behold, when it was whole, it was meet for no work: how much less, when the fire hath devoured it, and it is burned, shall it yet be meet for any work!

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
And when it was without defect, it was not going to serve, now that the fire has consumed it and laid it waste, what use is it going to serve?

Brenton Septuagint Translation
Not even while it is yet whole will it be useful for any work: if the fire shall have utterly consumed it, will it still be fit for work?

Contemporary English Version
The wood is useless before it is burned, and afterwards, it is completely worthless.

Douay-Rheims Bible
Even when it was whole it was not fit for work: how much less, when the fire hath devoured and consumed it, shall any work be made of it?

English Revised Version
Behold, when it was whole, it was meet for no work: how much less, when the fire hath devoured it, and it is burned, shall it yet be meet for any work?

Good News Translation
It was useless even before it was burned. Now that the fire has burned it and charred it, it is even more useless."

GOD'S WORD® Translation
When the vine was in perfect condition, it couldn't be made into anything. How can it be used to make anything after the fire has burned and charred it?

International Standard Version
If it was useless before it was burned, now that it's been burned and charred through, it's even more useless!

JPS Tanakh 1917
Behold, when it was whole, it was meet for no work; how much less, when the fire hath devoured it, and it is singed, shall it yet be meet for any work?

Literal Standard Version
Behold, in its being perfect it is not used for work, "" How much less when fire has eaten of it, "" And it is scorched, "" Has it been used yet for work?”

NET Bible
Indeed! If it was not made into anything useful when it was whole, how much less can it be made into anything when the fire has burned it up and it is charred?

New Heart English Bible
Look, when it was whole, it was meet for no work: how much less, when the fire has devoured it, and it is burned, shall it yet be meet for any work.

World English Bible
Behold, when it was whole, it was meet for no work: how much less, when the fire has devoured it, and it is burned, shall it yet be meet for any work!

Young's Literal Translation
Lo, in its being perfect it is not used for work, How much less, when fire hath eaten of it, And it is scorched, Hath it been used yet for work?

Additional Translations ...
Context
Jerusalem the Useless Vine
4No, it is cast into the fire for fuel. The fire devours both ends, and the middle is charred. Can it be useful for anything? 5Even when it was whole, it could not be made useful. How much less can it ever be useful when the fire has consumed it and charred it! 6Therefore this is what the Lord GOD says: ‘Like the wood of the vine among the trees of the forest, which I have given to the fire for fuel, so I will give up the people of Jerusalem.…

Cross References
Ezekiel 15:4
No, it is cast into the fire for fuel. The fire devours both ends, and the middle is charred. Can it be useful for anything?

Ezekiel 15:6
Therefore this is what the Lord GOD says: 'Like the wood of the vine among the trees of the forest, which I have given to the fire for fuel, so I will give up the people of Jerusalem.


Treasury of Scripture

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 has devoured it, and it is burned?

meet [heb] made fit











Parallel Commentaries ...


Hebrew
Even
הִנֵּה֙ (hin·nêh)
Interjection
Strong's 2009: Lo! behold!

when it was
בִּֽהְיוֹת֣וֹ (bih·yō·w·ṯōw)
Preposition-b | Verb - Qal - Infinitive construct | third person masculine singular
Strong's 1961: To fall out, come to pass, become, be

whole,
תָמִ֔ים (ṯā·mîm)
Adjective - masculine singular
Strong's 8549: Entire, integrity, truth

it could not
לֹ֥א (lō)
Adverb - Negative particle
Strong's 3808: Not, no

be made
יֵֽעָשֶׂ֖ה (yê·‘ā·śeh)
Verb - Nifal - Imperfect - third person masculine singular
Strong's 6213: To do, make

useful.
לִמְלָאכָ֑ה (lim·lā·ḵāh)
Preposition-l | Noun - feminine singular
Strong's 4399: Deputyship, ministry, employment, work, property

How much less
אַ֣ף (’ap̄)
Conjunction
Strong's 637: Meaning accession, yea, adversatively though

can it ever
ע֖וֹד (‘ō·wḏ)
Adverb
Strong's 5750: Iteration, continuance, again, repeatedly, still, more

be
וְנַעֲשָׂ֥ה (wə·na·‘ă·śāh)
Conjunctive waw | Verb - Nifal - Conjunctive perfect - third person masculine singular
Strong's 6213: To do, make

useful
לִמְלָאכָֽה׃ (lim·lā·ḵāh)
Preposition-l | Noun - feminine singular
Strong's 4399: Deputyship, ministry, employment, work, property

when
כִּי־ (kî-)
Conjunction
Strong's 3588: A relative conjunction

the fire
אֵ֤שׁ (’êš)
Noun - common singular
Strong's 784: A fire

has consumed
אֲכָלַ֙תְהוּ֙ (’ă·ḵā·laṯ·hū)
Verb - Qal - Perfect - third person feminine singular | third person masculine singular
Strong's 398: To eat

and charred it!
וַיֵּחָ֔ר (way·yê·ḥār)
Conjunctive waw | Verb - Nifal - Consecutive imperfect - third person masculine singular
Strong's 2787: To be hot or scorched, to burn


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