Psalms 19:12-14 (ANIV)
12 Who can discern his errors?
Forgive my hidden faults.
13 Keep your servant also from wilful sins;
may they not rule over me.
Then will I be blameless,
innocent of great transgression.
14 May the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart
be pleasing in your sight,
O Lord, my Rock and my Redeemer.
TIME OF DAY:
Unspecified in Bible Text. Daytime.
Sunlight (above & out of view) illuminates this scene with strong yellow light, casting shadows to the right of figures & objects
Cyrtopodion scabrum (aka the rough-tailed gecko).
Psalm 19 is an example of a Hymn, which lift the congregations praise to God, describing God’s greatness & majesty.
This scene shows king David in his palace in Jerusalem, with arms raised in praise & worship of God. This was my response to reading verse 14, “May the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart be pleasing in your sight, O Lord, my Rock and my Redeemer.”
Notice that the figure of king David is vertically foreshortened since we are looking from above, down on the figure, which means his arms & hands appear larger than his legs & feet. This is an intentional perspective effect.
The little lizard on the windowsill is Cyrtopodion scabrum (aka the rough-tailed gecko, rough bent-toed gecko, rough-tailed bowfoot gecko, common tuberculate ground gecko, or keeled gecko); a species of gecko endemic to Asia, in the family Gekkonidae.
I wanted to make David’s palace look plush & ornate, so I included costly marble columns and floor tiles. I made them look less than perfect, with some blemishes and rough spots. Remember that everything was made by hand in Biblical times, it would be centuries before industrial mechanisation would furnish us with the mass-produced, identical items that we have come to expect these days.
Just below the window sill of David’s palace there are concentric semi circular stone blocks, which represent the millo, or fortification/stone foundation walls that were built on the steep slopes southeast of the Temple area in Jerusalem.
“Probably the Canaanite name of some fortification, consisting of walls filled in with earth and stones, which protected Jerusalem on the north as its outermost defence. It is always rendered Akra i.e., “the citadel”, in the LXX. It was already existing when David conquered Jerusalem ( 2 Samuel 5:9 ). He extended it to the right and left, thus completing the defence of the city. It was rebuilt by Solomon ( 1 Kings 9:15 1 Kings 9:24 ; 11:27 ) and repaired by Hezekiah ( 2 Chronicles 32:5 ).”
Here is the scene without the figure or lizard.
Psalm 19 – Scene 04 – May my words and heart be pleasing to you, O Lord – Landscape
Here is the original, wide screen (A3) version. The faded edge rectangle is what I crop to, in order to make the finished Bible Cartoon.
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