William Blake 1757 – 1827

The Book of Job - 01

engraving (18 × 15 cm) — 1826

William Blake biography

This work is linked to Job 1:5

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The first engraving from Blake's successful series on The Book of Job.

Blake summarized the 42 chapters of the biblical book in 21 prints and put the episodes in his own order.

The list below shows the full titles followed by the common title.

  1. Thus did Job continually (based upon Job 1:5) or Job and His Family
  2. When the Almighty was yet with me, When my Children were about me (Job 29:5) or Satan Before the Throne of God
  3. Thy Sons & thy Daughters were eating & drinking Wine in their eldest Brothers house & behold there came a great wind from the Wilderness & smote upon the four faces of the house & it fell upon the young Men & they are Dead (Job 1:18–1:19) or Job's Sons and Daughters Overwhelmed by Satan
  4. And I only am escaped alone to tell thee. (Job 1:15) or The Messengers Tell Job of His Misfortunes
  5. Then went Satan forth from the presence of the Lord (Job 2:7) or Satan Going Forth from the Presence of the Lord and Job's Charity
  6. And smote Job with sore Boils from the sole of his foot to the crown of his head (Ibid.) or Satan Smiting Job with Boils
  7. And when they lifted up their eyes afar off & knew him not they lifted up their voice & wept, and rent every Man his mantle & sprinkled dust upon their heads towards heaven (Job 2:12) or Job's Comforters
  8. Let the Day perish wherin I was Born (Job 3:3) or Job's Despair
  9. Then a Spirit passed before my face the hair of my flesh stood up (Job 4:15) or The Vision of Eliphaz


  1. the Just Upright Man is laughed to scorn (Job 12:4) or Job Rebuked by His Friends
  2. With Dreams upon my bed thou scarest me & affrightest me with Visions (Job 7:14) or Job's Evil Dreams
  3. I am Young & ye are very Old wherefore I was afraid (Job 32:6) or The Wrath of Elihu
  4. Then the Lord answered Job out of the Whirlwind (Job 38:1) or The Lord Answering Job out of the Whirlwind
  5. When the morning Stars sang together, & all the Sons of God shouted for joy (Job 38:7) or When the Morning Stars Sang Together
  6. Behold now Behemoth which I made with thee (Job 40:15) or Behemoth and Leviathan
  7. Thou hast fulfilled the Judgment of the Wicked (Job 36:17) or The Fall of Satan
  8. I have heard thee with the hearing of the Ear but now my Eye seeth thee (Job 42:5) or The Vision of Christ
  9. And my Servant Job shall pray for you (Job 42:8) or Job's Sacrifice
  10. Every one also gave him a piece of Money (Job 42:11)
  11. There were not found Women as fair as the Daughters of Job in all the Land & their Father gave them Inheritance among their Brethren (Job 42:15) or Job and His Daughters
  12. So the Lord blessed the latter end of Job more than the beginning (Job 42:12) or Job and His Family Restored to Prosperity

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