Of course, who can really build a temple for him, since the sky and the highest heavens cannot contain him? Who am I that I should build him a temple! It will really be only a place to offer sacrifices before him.
"God does not really live on the earth! Look, if the sky and the highest heaven cannot contain you, how much less this temple I have built!
"God does not really live with humankind on the earth! Look, if the sky and the highest heaven cannot contain you, how much less this temple I have built!
Moses said to God, "Who am I, that I should go to Pharaoh, or that I should bring the Israelites out of Egypt?"
This is what the Lord says: "The heavens are my throne and the earth is my footstool. Where then is the house you will build for me? Where is the place where I will rest?
But you must seek only the place he chooses from all your tribes to establish his name as his place of residence, and you must go there.
Then you must come to the place the Lord your God chooses for his name to reside, bringing everything I am commanding you -- your burnt offerings, sacrifices, tithes, the personal offerings you have prepared, and all your choice votive offerings which you devote to him.
for you may do so only in the place the Lord chooses in one of your tribal areas -- there you may do everything I am commanding you.
Only the holy things and votive offerings that belong to you, you must pick up and take to the place the Lord will choose.
King David went in, sat before the Lord, and said, "Who am I, O Lord God, and what is my family, that you should have brought me to this point?
"But who am I and who are my people, that we should be in a position to contribute this much? Indeed, everything comes from you, and we have simply given back to you what is yours.
Now give me wisdom and discernment so I can effectively lead this nation. Otherwise no one is able to make judicial decisions for this great nation of yours."
Yet the Most High does not live in houses made by human hands, as the prophet says,
to the latter an odor from death to death, but to the former a fragrance from life to life. And who is adequate for these things?