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?
"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!
But I say to you, do not take oaths at all -- not by heaven, because it is the throne of God,
Our fathers worshiped on this mountain, and you people say that the place where people must worship is in Jerusalem."
The God who made the world and everything in it, who is Lord of heaven and earth, does not live in temples made by human hands,
"Go, tell my servant David: 'This is what the Lord says: Do you really intend to build a house for me to live in?
The Lord is in his holy temple; the Lord's throne is in heaven. His eyes watch; his eyes examine all people.
Yet the Most High does not live in houses made by human hands, as the prophet says,
King David rose to his feet and said: "Listen to me, my brothers and my people. I wanted to build a temple where the ark of the Lord's covenant could be placed as a footstool for our God. I have made the preparations for building it.
"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!
Praise the Lord our God! Worship on his holy hill, for the Lord our God is holy!
Let us go to his dwelling place! Let us worship before his footstool!
Stop putting your confidence in the false belief that says, "We are safe! The temple of the Lord is here! The temple of the Lord is here! The temple of the Lord is here!"
For from the east to the west my name will be great among the nations. Incense and pure offerings will be offered in my name everywhere, for my name will be great among the nations," says the Lord who rules over all.
And whoever swears by the temple swears by it and the one who dwells in it.
And he said to them, "Do you see all these things? I tell you the truth, not one stone will be left on another. All will be torn down!"