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volumes it has on the shelves of its library; a community by the
books it reads, in home, in school, and in its public library; a people
by the organs of expression it maintains.
Job, too, in the midst of his anguish, sought the preservation
of the record of his experiences, his suffering, before he could
exclaim: “ But as for me, I know that my Redeemer liveth.”
On that my words were now written!
Oh that they were inscribed in a book!
That with an iron pen and lead
They were graven in the rock for ever!
But as for me, I know that my Redeemer liveth,
And that He will witness at the last upon the dust. (Job 19.21-25)
For although lead may be used for purposes of destruction, the
font of lead has in it the fount of redemption. The book has been
Israel’s badge of immortality.