Son of man, How is the wood of the grapevine more than that of any tree, the vine branch which was among the trees of the forest?
Shall wood be taken from it to do any work? Or will men take a peg of it on which to hang any vessel?
Behold, it is cast into the fire for fuel; the fire consumes both ends of it and the middle of it is charred. Is it suitable or profitable for any work?
Notice, even when it was whole, it was good for no work; how much less shall it be useful and profitable when the fire has devoured it and it is charred?
Therefore thus says the Lord God: Like the wood of the grapevine among the trees of the forest, which I have given to the fire for fuel, so will I give up the inhabitants of Jerusalem.
And I will set My face against them; they shall go out from one fire and another fire shall devour them, and you shall know (understand and realize) that I am the Lord, when I set My face against them.
And I will make the land desolate (laid waste and deserted) because they have acted faithlessly , says the Lord.
Summary: God asks a series of rhetorical questions designed to get the people facing the sad fact that despite being called by God they were no better than the nations around them. In fact, because they refused to bear proper fruit they were worthless to God.