New International Version
"Son of man, how is the wood of a vine different from that of a branch from any of the trees in the forest?
King James Bible
Son of man, What is the vine tree more than any tree, or than a branch which is among the trees of the forest?
Darby Bible Translation
Son of man, what is the wood of the vine more than any wood, the vine-branch, which is among the trees of the forest?
World English Bible
Son of man, what is the vine tree more than any tree, the vine-branch which is among the trees of the forest?
Young's Literal Translation
'Son of man, What is the vine-tree more than any tree? The vine-branch that hath been, Among trees of the forest?
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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.
Treasury of Scripture Knowledge
What. The vine is only noble and useful while producing fruit: for, when cut down, its wood is fit only for fuel. So Israel, having ceased to be fruitful, they are good for nothing, but, like a withered branch of a vine, to be burnt.
LibraryThe 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
You transplanted a vine from Egypt; you drove out the nations and planted it.
I will sing for the one I love a song about his vineyard: My loved one had a vineyard on a fertile hillside.
The word of the LORD came to me:
Is wood ever taken from it to make anything useful? Do they make pegs from it to hang things on?
Israel was a spreading vine; he brought forth fruit for himself. As his fruit increased, he built more altars; as his land prospered, he adorned his sacred stones.
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