Envy’s Plight

Book Title: Christeliicken waerseggher : de principale stucken van t'christen geloof en Leuen int cort begrijpende. Met een rolle der deugtsaemheyt daer op dienende. Ende een schildt-wacht teghen de valsche waersegghers, tooueraers, etc. / Deur den e. Heer P. Ioannes David, priester der Societeijt Iesu

Author: David, Jan, 1545?-1613

Image Title: Envy’s Plight

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Description: A man stands between a one who is injuring himself with swords and a wild-haired woman eating a heart and holding a pair of shears (foreground) as an illustration of the Latin inscriptions above and below the image: "The envious does more harm to himself than to others," and the text below, "How do I profit, turning away from friends in envious spite? It will torture you with pain more than all others.” In the background, scenes from the Bible have been provided as illustrations of envy’s plight: Cain murders Abel in a fit of jealously after God accepts Abel’s offering (background right) over his own; A serpent holds a piece of forbidden fruit in its mouth and drags a skull resting on a plaque as it enters an orb (center). The numeral 61 has been placed at the upper right to indicate its plate number within a series of illustrations.

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