Jacob 5:6 - 5:10
Jacob 5:6 And it came to pass that after many days it began to put forth somewhat a little, young and tender branches; but behold, the main top thereof began to perish.
After some time had passed, the master noticed that some new branches had developed, but the main part of the tree was still withering away. [Some of the people were shaping up but the vast majority were ignoring the inspiration of the Lord.]
Jacob 5:7 And it came to pass that the master of the vineyard saw it, and he said unto his servant: It grieveth me that I should lose this tree; wherefore, go and pluck the branches from a wild olive tree, and bring them hither unto me; and we will pluck off those main branches which are beginning to wither away, and we will cast them into the fire that they may be burned.
The master of the vineyard said to a servant to take branches from a wild olive tree and graft them into the main tree. Then cut off the deteriorating branches and burn them up. [The master doesn’t want to lose the tree. Thinking the new branches would keep the roots and trunk alive as they took hold and brought the tree back to production. I think what is going on here is that the main branches or the house of Israel were beyond redemption. They were not going to repent or were past the ability to do so, so they were ripe for destruction. But in order to keep the land from falling into the hands of complete heathens, the Lord would bring in people who were more likely to repent if they heard the message if prophets were sent to them. Again the present population would not at all but maybe some newcomers would.]
Jacob 5:8 And behold, saith the Lord of the vineyard, I take away many of these young and tender branches, and I will graft them whithersoever I will; and it mattereth not that if it so be that the root of this tree will perish, I may preserve the fruit thereof unto myself; wherefore, I will take these young and tender branches, and I will graft them whithersoever I will.
The new branches that had developed on the main tree, the master had decided to graft them into other trees in other parts of the land that he thinks will bring forth a harvest in due time. The main tree and its roots can now die, but the branches will be preserved and maybe they will product fruit in their new locations. [This is obvious a reference to Lehi and to other groups that the Lord will lead away from Jerusalem or even the Jaredites that were lead away from the main group to other parts of the world.]
Jacob 5:9 Take thou the branches of the wild olive tree, and graft them in, in the stead thereof; and these which I have plucked off I will cast into the fire and burn them, that they may not cumber the ground of my vineyard.
Take the wild branches from other olive trees and graft them into this main tree. The main branches were are withering and are to be removed from the tree and/or picked up off the ground if they have already fallen off and burn them. The master of the vineyard does not want them to hinder the growing of the new wild branches grafted in. [Perhaps what few good people that may be left behind after the wicked are destroyed or what new prophets are preaching may convert the new comers. To keep out the influence of the old guard and their wickedness, the Lord had them destroyed. The new comers had a clean slate to begin with.]
Jacob 5:10 And it came to pass that the servant of the Lord of the vineyard did according to the word of the Lord of the vineyard, and grafted in the branches of the wild olive tree.
The servant did as he was commanded.