Les Très Riches Heures du Duc de Berry

Psalm VI

Folio 65r

In Psalm VI, whose text appears on this page, David appeals to the goodness of the Lord, who in the miniature appears half-length amid clouds.
David has set his crown in front of himself and has left his throne to prostrate himself with joined hands before God: "Have mercy on me, O Lord, for I am weak: heal me, O Lord, for my bones are troubled. And my soul is troubled exceedingly..."
This psalm seems to have been composed by the King of Israel at a moment when he felt abandoned by all: "My eye is troubled through indignation: I have grown old amongst all my enemies."
Certain figures in the crowd behind David look at him wickedly while others avert their eyes; these are the enemies to which the psalm refers, the men of Israel who forsook the King during Absalom's rebellion.
Jean Colombe executed the miniature, although the initial letter and its bearded figure, whose hair is held by a yellow ribbon tied on the side, were painted at the time of the Duc de Berry.

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