Saturday, July 10, 2010

Job Picture 17

Job's relation to God is healed; Job and his wife blessed; the friends turn their backs.

Note the difference here between the light side and the dark side.

What does it mean that the three "friends" are hiding their eyes. Recall that the three friends represent Job's shadow side; Blake referred to that variously as the Spectre, the covering cherub, Satan, etc. etc.

Blake scribbled oodles of Bible above and below this picture:

1 Samuel 2:6 "he bringeth down to the grave, and bringeth up."

Psalm 8:3 When I behold [consider] thy heavens, the work of thy fingers, the moon and the stars, which thou hast ordained"

1 John 3:2 "...we know that, when he shall appear, we shall be like him; for we shall see him as he is."

Job 42:5 I have heard of thee by the hearing of the ear but now mine eye seeth thee.

Blake lived into this picture and identified closely with it. The rhapsodic scripture he wrote below it was a tribute to the Bible, which he loved and a witness to his creative relationship with the O.T. God. He was thinking about that First Vision of Light where God called him "thou ramhorn'd with Gold":
"In his bosom sun bright I remaind.
Soft he smild And I heard his voice
Mild Saying This is My FoldO thou Ram hornd with gold
Who awakest from sleep"

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