The Humble and Contrite in Spirit
a Thus says the Lord:
b "Heaven is my throne,
and the earth is my footstool;
what is the house that you would build for me,
and what is the place of my rest?
c All these things my hand has made,
and so all these things came to be,
declares the Lord.
d But this is the one to whom I will look:
he who is humble and contrite in spirit
and trembles at my word.
e "He who slaughters an ox is like one who kills a man;
he who sacrifices a lamb, like one who breaks a dog's neck;
he who presents a grain offering, like one who offers f pig's blood;
he who makes a memorial offering of frankincense, like one who blesses an idol.
g These have chosen their own ways,
and their soul delights in their abominations;
h I also will choose harsh treatment for them
and bring i their fears upon them,
j because when I called, no one answered,
when I spoke, they did not listen;
k but they did what was evil in my eyes
and chose that in which I did not delight."
Hear the word of the Lord,
you who tremble at his word:
"Your brothers who hate you
and cast you out for my name's sake
have said, l 'Let the Lord be glorified,
that we may see your joy';
but it is they who shall be put to shame.
"The sound of an uproar from the city!
A sound from the temple!
The sound of the Lord,
m rendering recompense to his enemies!
English Standard Version (ESV) The Holy Bible, English Standard Version Copyright © 2001 by Crossway Bibles, a division of Good News Publishers.
Acts 7:49 - 50
'Heaven is my throne, and the earth is my footstool. What kind of house will you build for me, says the Lord, or what is the place of my rest?
1 Kings 8:27
But will God indeed dwell on the earth? Behold, heaven and the highest heaven cannot contain you; how much less this house that I have built!
The God who made the world and everything in it, being Lord of heaven and earth, does not live in temples made by man.
Matthew 5:34 - 35
But I say to you, Do not take an oath at all, either by heaven, for it is the throne of God.
1 Chronicles 29:14
But who am I, and what is my people, that we should be able thus to offer willingly? For all things come from you, and of your own have we given you.
For thus says the One who is high and lifted up, who inhabits eternity, whose name is Holy: "I dwell in the high and holy place, and also with him who is of a contrite and lowly spirit, to revive the spirit of the lowly, and to revive the heart of the contrite.
The Lord is near to the brokenhearted and saves the crushed in spirit.
What to me is the multitude of your sacrifices? says the Lord ; I have had enough of burnt offerings of rams and the fat of well-fed beasts; I do not delight in the blood of bulls, or of lambs, or of goats.
Who sit in tombs, and spend the night in secret places; who eat pig's flesh, and broth of tainted meat is in their vessels.
But they did not obey or incline their ear, but walked in their own counsels and the stubbornness of their evil hearts, and went backward and not forward.
And you said, "No! We will flee upon horses"; therefore you shall flee away; and, "We will ride upon swift steeds"; therefore your pursuers shall be swift.
I, I am he who comforts you; who are you that you are afraid of man who dies, of the son of man who is made like grass.
I will destine you to the sword, and all of you shall bow down to the slaughter, because, when I called, you did not answer; when I spoke, you did not listen, but you did what was evil in my eyes and chose what I did not delight in.
And they have built the high places of Topheth, which is in the Valley of the Son of Hinnom, to burn their sons and their daughters in the fire, which I did not command, nor did it come into my mind.
Who say: "Let him be quick, let him speed his work that we may see it; let the counsel of the Holy One of Israel draw near, and let it come, that we may know it!
For the day of vengeance was in my heart, and my year of redemption had come.
Behold, it is written before me: "I will not keep silent, but I will repay; I will indeed repay into their bosom