Ma Tovu


Ma Toe-voo oh-ha-leh-cha Ya-ah kov
meesh-k’no-the-cha Yisrael Va-ah-nee b’rove
chahs-d’cha ah-voe vay-the-cha ehsh-ta-cha-veh
el hay-chahl kahd-sh’cha b’yeer-ah-the-cha

How lovely are your tents, O Jacob, your dwelling places, O Israel! (Numbers 24:5)
As for me, through Your abundant kindness I will enter Your House.
In awe I will bow down toward Your holy sanctuary. (Psalm 5:8(7))

Some traditions continue with the following:

O Lord, I love the House where You dwell,
And the place where Your glory resides. (Psalm 26:8)
I shall prostrate myself and bow,
I shall kneel before the Lord my Maker.  (from Psalm 95:6)
As for me, may my prayer to You, O Lord, be at an opportune time.
O God, in Your abundant kindness,
Answer me with the truth of Your salvation.  (Psalm 69:14)