Les Très Riches Heures du Duc de Berry

Psalm XXI

Folio 150r

Because it foretells the suffering and death of Christ, the most righteous among men, this psalm of David has been placed in the Hours of the Passion.
It opens with the last words spoken by Jesus upon the Cross: "O God, my God ...why hast thou forsaken me?"
Later verses prophesy the Crucifixion: "They have dug my hands and feet. They have numbered all my bones. And they have looked and stared upon me. They parted my garments amongst them; and upon my vesture they cast lots."
Here, while David prays before a chapel, white-robed youths bend their heads before the executioner, in illustration of the lines, "Deliver, O God, my soul from the sword: my only one from the hand of the dog."
The warrior with a sword wears an oriental hat made of three superimposed coils, which appeared in the Revealing of the True Cross (folio 133v).

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