Les Très Riches Heures du Duc de Berry

Psalm XXXVII

Folio 66v

This psalm, an appeal of the sinner to his Lord, prefigures the commemoration of Christ's sacrifice:
"Rebuke me not, O Lord, in thy indignation; nor chastise me in thy wrath. For thy arrows are fastened in me: and thy hand hath been strong upon me. "
The army, camped before a wide river separating it from the city, symbolizes the instrument of divine wrath: "But my enemies live, and are stronger than I: and they that hate me wrongfully are multiplied."
Spears drawn, the cavalry stands ready to attack. A church and several large towers dominating the red tile roofs of small houses along the water perhaps represent Jean Colombe's conception of Jerusalem.

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