Chapter 7: Repent!
Jeremiah told to stand at the temple gates and order those entering to repent. The Lord says that the temple has “…become a den of robbers…” (Jeremiah 7:11). The people have rejected the prophets and reject their words, the words of God. The Lord will do to the temple what he did to Shiloh. The people perform offerings in an unacceptable foreign manner. There are high places in Judah. The voice of mirth shall go from Judah and Jerusalem.
Chapter 8: Calamities shall fall on Jerusalem
The bones of the kings, princes and priests of Judah shall be exhumed and left for dung upon the face of the earth. “Yea, the stork in the heaven knoweth her appointed time; and the turtle and the crne and the swallow observe the time of their coming; but my people know not the judgment of the Lord.” (Jeremiah 8:7) The land will become barren. The people will proclaim that they are wise but the Lord questions this; “How do ye say, We are wise, and the law of the Lord is with us? Lo, certainly in vain made he it; the pen of the scribes is in vain… they have rejected the word of the Lord; and what wisdom is in them?” (Jeremiah 8:8-9) Serpents and cockatrices shall bite.