15:4 No! 1 It is thrown in the fire for fuel; when the fire has burned up both ends of it and it is charred in the middle, will it be useful for anything? 15:5 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?
15:6 “Therefore, this is what the sovereign Lord says: Like the wood of the vine is among the trees of the forest which I have provided as fuel for the fire – so I will provide the residents of Jerusalem 2 as fuel. 3 15:7 I will set 4 my face against them – although they have escaped from the fire, 5 the fire will still consume them! Then you will know that I am the Lord, when I set my face against them.
19:12 But it was plucked up in anger; it was thrown down to the ground.
The east wind 6 dried up its fruit;
its strong branches broke off and withered –
a fire consumed them.
No strong branch was left in it, nor a scepter to rule.’
This is a lament song, and has become a lament song.”
1 tn The word הִנֵּה (hinneh, traditionally “behold”) draws one’s attention to something. Sometimes it may be translated as a verb of perception; here it is treated as a particle that fits the context (so also in v. 5, but with a different English word).
3 tn The words “as fuel” are not in the Hebrew text, but are implied.
4 tn The word translated “set” is the same Hebrew word translated as “provide” in the previous verse.
6 sn The east wind symbolizes the Babylonians.