The fact that the Bible still stands, in spite of the rabid opposition of its enemies through the years, is a tribute to the providence of God. The indestructibility of the Book of books is aptly set forth in John Clifford’s poetical tribute:
I passed last eve beside the blacksmith’s door and heard the anvil ring, the vespers chime and 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 all these hammers so?“
“Just one,” said he, and then with twinkling eye, “The anvil wears the hammers out you know.“
And so, thought I, the anvil of God’s Word, for ages skeptics‘ blows have beat upon but, though the noise of falling blows was heard the anvil is unchanged; the hammers gone!