“VENGEANCE” is Blake’s term for the punishment of sins. What seems to us impartial Justice is really an attempt to suppress our own sins, and has a terrible effect on the punisher. It is contrary to the teachings of Jesus.
“Every Religion that Preaches Vengeance for Sin is the Religion of the Enemy & Avenger and not of the Forgiver of Sin, and their God is Satan, Named by the Divine Name” (J 52). “Why did you take Vengeance, O ye Sons of the mighty Albion? . . . Injury the Lord heals, but Vengeance cannot be healed. As the Sons of Albion have done to Luvah, so they have in him done to the Divine Lord & Saviour, who suffers with those that suffer; for not one sparrow can suffer & the whole Universe not suffer also in all its Regions, & its Father & Saviour not pity and weep, but Vengeance is the destroyer of Grace & Repentance in the bosom of the Injurer, in which the Divine Lamb is cruelly slain” (J 25:3–11). “What shall I do! what could I do if I could find these Criminals? I could not dare to take vengeance, for all things are so constructed and builded by the Divine hand that the sinner shall always escape. And he who takes vengeance alone is the criminal of Providence. If I should dare to lay my finger on a grain of sand in way of vengeance, I punish the already punish’d. O whom should I pity if I pity not the sinner who is gone astray?” (J 31:29). “Hark! & Record the terrible wonder! that the Punisher mingles with his Victim’s Spectre, enslaved and tormented to him whom he has murder’d, bound in vengeance & enmity” (J 47:14).