This work shows the 'perfect and upright' God-fearing Job of the Old Testament, who has endured the loss of his children and all his possessions. He has also been smitten by boils. In despair, he cries out to God 'What is Man that thou shouldest... try him every moment?' Blake's image of the Biblical Job as one who 'holdeth fast his integrity' in the face of adversity has autobiographical echoes. Having endured and recovered from his trials Job praises his Lord. Similarly, Blake, just before he died, 'burst out into singing of the things he saw in heaven'.