“Go up through her vine-rows!
But do not make a full end!
Strip away her branches!
They are not Yahweh’s.
The house of Israel
Has been utterly faithless to me.
The house of Judah
Has been utterly faithless to me,’
Yahweh told Jeremiah to go into their vineyards and destroy them, but not completely. Yahweh wanted him to strip away the branches that did not belong to Yahweh. Both the house of Israel to the north and the house of Judah, in the south, had been utterly faithless to him. Yahweh was clear.