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The Anvil

Updated: Feb 24, 2022

The chords and lyrics of The Anvil by Karl Kohlase.

Hammers that have been broken! The attacks on God's Word have been going on for thousands of years, and those two phrases sum up the whole history of human attacks on the Bible. The anvil of God's Word has endured many hammer blows from its adversaries over generations, yet it has not been dented or scratched by their vengeance!

The names of individuals who swung the hammers are etched on the shattered hammers, and recognize them! Sennacharib's name comes to mind. The name Jehoiakim appears on the list (Jer. 36). Although Diocletian, Voltaire, Paine, Hegel, Hume, Griesbach, Semler, Lachmann, Strauss, Baur, Ingersoll, and a thousand other infidels have used their infidel arguments against the Word of God, the Word of God has survived and thrives today. Throughout history, critics' hammers have been shattered, but the anvil has remained unbroken.

What Is An Anvil Used For?

When working with metal, an anvil is a block of iron on which metal is put and shaped, first by hand with a hammer. The anvil of a blacksmith is normally made of wrought iron, although it can also be made of cast iron, and it has a flat working surface made of hardened steel. Hammering curved bits of metal is accomplished with the help of a protruding conical beak, or horn, at one end of the tool.

How Old Is The Anvil?

Stone hammers were used by the early smiths to beat the copper and lead, and stones were utilized as anvils by the early smiths. Several meteorite fragments, some of which appear to have been used as anvils, have also been discovered. These meteorites are fairly hard and largely composed of iron, with traces of nickel and other trace elements thrown in for good measure.

At some point, bronze was developed for use in both hammers and anvils; a handful of bronze anvils have been discovered that have been dated to between 1,200 and 800 B.C. Axes, daggers, and other similar weapons and tools were cast in open molds made of stone that had been chipped away at the surface. The molten bronze was poured into the stone mold and topped with a clay cap to complete the sculpture. It was then necessary to reheat the casting and hammer it in order to solidify the metal.

Guitar: CAPO to 2

Intro: G Am7sus Em7 D Dsus G Am7sus Em7

Em7 C2 G D Em7 C2 G D

Here we are on the field of our fathers Ground still soaked with the indictment of Cain

Em7 C2 G D Em7 C2 G D

I hear a cry, and it's the voice of my brother; He sings a song of lament for his slain

G7/F G/E G/Eb G/D D

I hear another song; it's the anthem of children, Sounding faint from a distance, It crescendos with time

G Am7sus G/B C2 G Am7sus G/B C2 D

Ashes to ashes, dust to dust; All we are fighting for is food for moth and rust

G Am7sus G/B C2

Let's plant a garden so the hungry can eat

G Am7sus G/B C2 D GAm7susEm7 D Dsus G Am7sus Em7

Put your sword upon the anvil, Your sword upon the anvil with me

Em7 C2 G D Em7 C2 G D

Eye to eye at the line drawn for battle, Hand to hand or heart to heart

Em7 C2 G D Em7 C2 G D

The sword is raised; there is death in its shadow; An awful sound, the command is to charge

G7/F G/E G/Eb G/D D

I hear another sound; it's the anthem of children; And if everyone listened,We'd have peace in our day

G Am7sus G/B C2 G Am7sus G/B C2 D

Ashes to ashes, dust to dust; All we are fighting for is food for moth and rust

G Am7sus G/B C2

Let's plant a garden so the hungry can eat

G Am7sus G/B C2

Put your sword upon the anvil, Your sword upon the anvil

G/D Em7 G/B C D G

Put your sword upon the anvil, Your sword upon the anvil with me

C/G G C/G G

Hasten the day of the Lion and the Lamb One warless world will have a cost

C/G G Em7 A7sus A7 D

We'll find the way in the footsteps of a Man And the anvil at the foot of His cross. Wohoooooo

G Am7sus G/B C2 G Am7sus G/B C2 D

Ashes to ashes, dust to dust; All we are fighting for is food for moth and rust

G Am7sus G/B C2

Let's plant a garden so the hungry can eat

G Am7sus G/B C2

Put your sword upon the anvil, Your sword upon the anvil

G/D Em7 G/B C

Put your sword upon the anvil, Your sword upon the anvil

G Am7sus G/B C2

Put your sword upon the anvil, Your sword upon the anvil

G/D Em7 G/B C D G (intro chords)

Put your sword upon the anvil, Your sword upon the anvil with me

© 2000 karl kohlhase