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Psalm: 82
Iconography: God is seated on a throne, holding a star in one hand, pointing at trees on a hill and blowing upon them. The psalm exhorts God to punish unbelievers: My god lay them aside like a wheel: like stubble before the face of the wind. Like fire which burns the wood: and like a flame that burns the mountains. So shall you pursue them with your storm. According to St Augustine (PL, xxxvi, 924), unbelievers put their trust in the stars rather than God. Thus, God contrasts their belief in the star which he holds, and his power to destroy them like fire. (AP, 235)
Art: More complex folds visible under God's cloak
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