Blake was commissioned by John Linnell to produce a series of engravings illustrating the Old Testament Book of Job. Job is tested and stripped of his material prosperity, but eventually achieves redemption through this suffering. He realises the true way of worshipping God is not through Hebraic moral law but through belief in Christ the Saviour. Inscriptions like ‘The Letter Killeth, the Spirit giveth Life’ underline this message.
This print shows Job, after his trials, conquering his pride and sacrificing to God. Job’s redemptive humility enables him to accept the sympathy and gifts offered by family and friends.