The Temple Message of Jeremiah 7

"The word that came to Jeremiah from the LORD, saying,
Stand in the gate of the Lord's house, and proclaim there this word,
and say, Hear the word of the LORD, all ye of Judah, that enter in at
these gates to worship the LORD.  Thus saith the LORD of hosts,
the God of Israel, Amend your ways and your doings, and I will
cause you to dwell in this place.  

Trust ye not in lying words, saying, The temple of the LORD, The
temple of the LORD, The temple of the LORD, are these.

For if ye thoroughly amend your ways and your doings; if ye
thoroughly execute judgment between a man and his neighbour; If
ye oppress not the stranger, the fatherless, and the widow, and
shed not innocent blood in this place, neither walk after other gods
to your hurt:

Then will I cause you to dwell in this place, in the land that I gave to
your fathers, for ever and ever.

Behold, ye trust in lying words, that cannot profit.  Will ye steal,
murder, and commit adultery, and swear falsely, and burn incense
unto Baal, and walk after other gods whom ye know not; And come
and stand before me in this house, which is called by my name,
and say, We are delivered to do all these abominations?

Is this house, which is called by my name, become a den of
robbers in your eyes? Behold, even I have seen it, saith the LORD.  
But go ye now unto my place which was in Shiloh, where I set my
name at the first, and see what I did to it for the wickedness of my
people Israel.

And now, because ye have done all these works, saith the LORD,
and I spake unto you, rising up early and speaking, but ye heard
not; and I called you, but ye answered not; Therefore will I do unto
this house, which is called by my name, wherein ye trust, and unto
the place which I gave to you and to your fathers, as I have done to

And I will cast you out of my sight, as I have cast out all your
brethren, even the whole seed of Ephraim.  Therefore pray not thou
for this people, neither lift up cry nor prayer for them, neither make
intercession to me: for I will not hear thee.

Seest thou not what they do in the cities of Judah and in the streets
of Jerusalem?  The children gather wood, and the fathers kindle the
fire, and the women knead their dough, to make cakes to the queen
of heaven, and to pour out drink offerings unto other gods, that they
may provoke me to anger.

Do they provoke me to anger? saith the LORD: do they not provoke
themselves to the confusion of their own faces?

Therefore thus saith the Lord GOD; Behold, mine anger and my
fury shall be poured out upon this place, upon man, and upon
beast, and upon the trees of the field, and upon the fruit of the
ground; and it shall burn, and shall not be quenched.

Thus saith the LORD of hosts, the God of Israel; Put your burnt
offerings unto your sacrifices, and eat flesh.  For I spake not unto
your fathers, nor commanded them in the day that I brought them
out of the land of Egypt, concerning burnt offerings or sacrifices:  
But this thing commanded I them, saying, Obey my voice, and I will
be your God, and ye shall be my people: and walk ye in all the ways
that I have commanded you, that it may be well unto you.  But they
hearkened not, nor inclined their ear, but walked in the counsels
and in the imagination of their evil heart, and went backward, and
not forward.

Since the day that your fathers came forth out of the land of Egypt
unto this day I have even sent unto you all my servants the
prophets, daily rising up early and sending them: Yet they
hearkened not unto me, nor inclined their ear, but hardened their
neck: they did worse than their fathers.

Therefore thou shalt speak all these words unto them; but they will
not hearken to thee: thou shalt also call unto them; but they will not
answer thee.  But thou shalt say unto them, This is a nation that
obeyeth not the voice of the LORD their God, nor receiveth
correction: truth is perished, and is cut off from their mouth.

Cut off thine hair, O Jerusalem, and cast it away, and take up a
lamentation on high places; for the LORD hath rejected and
forsaken the generation of his wrath.  

For the children of Judah have done evil in my sight, saith the
LORD: they have set their abominations in the house which is
called by my name, to pollute it.  And they have built the high
places of Tophet, which is in the valley of the son of Hinnom, to
burn their sons and their daughters in the fire; which I commanded
them not, neither came it into my heart.

Therefore, behold, the days come, saith the LORD, that it shall no
more be called Tophet, nor the valley of the son of Hinnom, but the
valley of slaughter: for they shall bury in Tophet, till there be no
place.  And the carcases of this people shall be meat for the fowls
of the heaven, and for the beasts of the earth; and none shall fray
them away.

Then will I cause to cease from the cities of Judah, and from the
streets of Jerusalem, the voice of mirth, and the voice of gladness,
the voice of the bridegroom, and the voice of the bride: for the land
shall be desolate."