The Anvil Of God's Word
Does the Bible Change?
Last eve I passed beside a blacksmith's door
And heard the anvil ring the vesper chime;
When looking in, I saw upon the floor,
Old hammers worn with beating years of time.
"How many anvils have you had," said I,
"To wear and batter these hammers so?"
"Just one," said he; then with a twinkling eye,
"The anvil wears the hammers out, you know."
And so, I thought, the anvil of God's Word,
For ages, skeptics blows have beat upon;
Yet, though the noise of falling blows was heard,
The anvil is unharmed - the hammers gone.
Brenda Woodall 9 months ago - September 11, 2022 at 6:11 am
I love this poem and this painting. I first heard the poem recited by a missionary in a sermon years ago. I have tried to memorize it. Is it possible to buy a print of this picture?
God bless you for sharing this!!!
Tol Burk 1 year ago - March 24, 2022 at 5:40 am
I was looking for an image for my church bulletin to go with the anvil & bible poem. Do you mind if I use it there? We do not sell the gospel in any way--we have freely received and so we freely give.
Memorial Blvd. church of Christ
Jenny Stewart 2 years ago - January 21, 2021 at 12:16 pm
I am trying to find a poem called God is Nowhere. My mum used to recite it 50 years ago/ Don’t know the author. The Old Violin was another favourite of hers.
Richard Moore 3 years ago - June 22, 2020 at 7:25 am
The local blacksmith had curative powers. He would put sick people upon the anvil and ring it with his hammer, driving the evil out of the patient.
Arthur Fedor 3 years ago - February 22, 2020 at 5:48 pm
Memorized this as a kid. Still one of my favs! :o)
Arthur 4 years ago - November 20, 2019 at 8:56 am
Great encouragement when men ridicule the word of God
Anvil Anton 4 years ago - January 15, 2019 at 2:10 am
Esla 5 years ago - December 21, 2017 at 12:11 pm
I heard these words in a song, it blessed my soul. It's very deep.
Cheryl Brown 6 years ago - May 4, 2017 at 3:21 am
Wow! this website is so inspiring and so uplifting. What Gems of God Wisdom, Love, and Hope! Truley comforted my soul today. The screen savors are Beautiful. Thank you so very much. In the Lord. Cheryl Brown
MABEL GAWANAS 6 years ago - March 30, 2017 at 12:14 am
It's so wonderfull and to read this poems , It gives me courage and I am full encouragement in this detention in the presence of God,
God Beless, Mabel,
Linda Honeycutt 7 years ago - September 15, 2016 at 11:46 pm
Poems like this are a real bessing to my soul.l enjoy these poems so much, I never get tired of reading them.
Mary 7 years ago - September 8, 2016 at 1:56 am
This poem was in a book we had at home when I was a girl. It impressed me and may have been one of the reasons I came to trust Christ, believing that God's Word was the most reliable source of truth.
Sheila Carruth 7 years ago - August 14, 2016 at 3:26 am
I love the poem. It was very encouraging. Thanks for putting it up.
vanessa l samuel 7 years ago - July 6, 2016 at 8:07 pm
I REMEMBER THIS FROM CHILDHOOD THE BIBLE STILL STANDS
jan 7 years ago - May 16, 2016 at 8:35 am
My mum passed away a week ago, as we are planning her funeral I really wanted to read a beautiful poem. I found a few beautiful poems.
But I found the footprints poem on your Web site. Thank you xxx
email@example.com 7 years ago - December 12, 2015 at 2:18 am
Love the poem. It is very inspiring to my soul.
Thanks for writing it.
sherwin joven 8 years ago - October 16, 2015 at 5:43 pm
Charles 8 years ago - October 5, 2015 at 9:39 pm
Its telling me about all the critics that are hammering against you ,But you are the Anvil of the Lord and you are still here but they come and go .
Komolafe Omotunde 8 years ago - May 28, 2015 at 2:07 pm
Especially don't quit, I love it so dearly, is encouraging and inspiring. God bless the hand.
rob 8 years ago - March 20, 2015 at 11:16 am
because nothing is permanent i think the poem says that god will die because if the hammer wears out so will the anvil
Richard 8 years ago - March 19, 2015 at 3:24 am
No, it means that skeptics will not prevail in doubting the word of God.
Claire 8 years ago - March 19, 2015 at 2:16 am
does this mean that we should beat god's word with hammers?
Rob 8 years ago - March 5, 2015 at 10:57 am
this poem is ok. there is not enough flowery language i think.
Delpheane 9 years ago - July 28, 2014 at 4:25 am
Let us Believe!!
Joe Fraccalvieri 10 years ago - June 24, 2013 at 4:38 am
Yes, thank you... The poem, beginning with "Water is Life", was written by me and placed on this site in homage to "The Anvil of God's Word". And though I say that the poem was 'wrtten by me', I believe that I am more of a discoverer... Having been blessed to witness God's Glory and put such things down on paper......
Emmanuel 10 years ago - June 23, 2013 at 8:14 pm
@Joe Fraccalvieri - Nice poem! Did you write it yourself?
Joe Fraccalvieri 10 years ago - June 22, 2013 at 3:32 am
'Water is Life', some would say... Some would say, 'The Sun'
Some would claim that Life's a game-- Unlived unless it's won
Some pretend it's only a name, given to measure its run
A common phrase to mark our days--
The ways our lives are spun
Good and Bad-- Love and Hate-- Nothing more than fate--
A date-- A rate-- A cosmic stat-- Reduced to a simple pun
And there are those who will swear that Life is the air
we breathe with each breath that we take-- One by one
From birth until death-- One by one, asleep or awake--
One by one-- Time, they can't shake-- Nor can they shun
What's done is done-- Each precious moment at stake
There are those who feel that Life isn't real--
Are they only here for the fun?
And then there are those who chose to believe
that strife is Life-- They move in darkness--
They hide from sight-- They pour their blight
Their disease is spread upon everyone
They are quick to judge-- Quicker to fight
And for these, I dread, Life hasn't begun
Some contend that Life is might--
They live by the sword and the gun
But in the end it's all the same--
They sit and they wait, until it's too late,
and then it's over and done!
And some believe that Life is bright--
The Light of the World--
Jesus, 'the Christ'--
The Living Word--
That only through him, is there truly Life
Without him There is none
Randall 10 years ago - April 19, 2013 at 11:47 am
Great poem about the ever lasting durability of the Bible. But just our or curiosity, how do you know the author is John Clifford? Practiclly all other sites just say "anonymous."