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With Dreams upon my bed thou scarest me & affrightest me with Visions: Gallery Label - Current

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Minneapolis Institute of Arts

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2005

Institution Minneapolis Institute of Arts
Job's God is identical with the God of Eliphaz, the same God of untempered justice. He points with his right hand to the tables of the Law, from which emerge the lightnings of damnation, and with his left hand to the Hell below to which his Law condemns Job. Devils reach up from black flames to drag down Job by his feet and loins. However Job observes for the first time the cloven hoof of this God's left foot. This God of Justice is only Satan, masquerading as an angel of light. He is the Accuser, who knows that no man is so pure as to be perfect. Every man judged by this God, the God is of this world only, is condemned. And this God is entwined with the serpent of materialism. This is Blake's most persevering doctrine. The true God is not the evil and temporary God of Justice, but Jesus who forgives all sins and requires no penalty. This is the nadir of Job's life and the turning point, and only by bitter Experience he has seen and recognized that his supposed God is his Devil.The progress of Job's thoughts is shown in the texts in the margin from top to bottom.
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Type: Commentary, Gallery Label - Current
Source: Minneapolis Institute of Arts
Rights: Copyright Minneapolis Institute of Arts
Added to Site: March 10, 2009