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On the bottom left
David holds a scroll that identifies him (as does his gold crown with
fleurs-de-lys) and quotes from Psalm 71:10: "Reges Tharsis et insulae
munera offerent reges Arabiae et Saba dona adducent" (The kings of
Tarshish and the islands will offer treasures; the kings of Arabia and
Sheba will bring gifts.) The psalm's second verse identifies the one to
whom these gifts will be brought: "O God, give judgment to the king and
your justice to the son of the king." The Christian take on this is
that the "son of the king" is Jesus and that the psalm prophesies the
journey of the Magi with their gifts.
On the bottom right the figure's scroll identifies him as Isaiah ("ysais") and quotes from Isaiah 60:14: "Et adorabunt vestigia pedum tuorum" (And [those who used to slander you] will adore the footprints of your feet). The 6th verse of the chapter also mentions Sheba and says the nations will come on camels bearing gold for Zion, further details used by Christian interpreters who saw in this chapter a prophecy of the Magi.
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