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Psalm: 69, 70
Iconography: Christ leans down from heaven to draw the naked sinner out of a dragon's mouth beneath the sea.With his rod he attacks the dragon's mouth. The sinner clutches desperately to Christ's head and garment. God come to my aid: Lord make haste to help me. Let them be thrown into confusion and be ashamed: that seek my soul.The sinner is being saved as requested and the enemy thrown into confusion, but the image of drowning and the snake are beyond the text. The dragon represents the jaws of Satan, and the sea with fish represent the vices of the world, according to St Augustine (PL, xxxvi, 780)

The psalmist clutches a book with the words In you lord I have hoped. With his pointing finger he communicates his hopes directly to God above who leans down, blessing.

Art: There are underdrawings of two fish in the sea.
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