"Beat Their Swords Into Plowshares"

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Last Updated on May 24, 2015, by eNotes Editorial. Word Count: 153

Context: Isaiah, prophet of the Almighty, proclaims his vision "concerning Judah and Jerusalem in the days of Uzziah, Jotham, Ahaz, and Hezekiah, kings of Judah." Declaring that the Lord is aware of the rebelliousness of the Israelites and that the nation is full of wickedness, he points to the facts that the people are oppressed and that the country is destroyed. The Almighty, heard by Isaiah, demands obedience if the people and the country are to know prosperity and greatness. Isaiah promises that, with obedience, Jerusalem, which is filled with corruption now, shall become great and Zion shall radiate the law of the Lord. Under His rule all nations shall know peace:

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And he shall judge among the nations, and shall rebuke many people: and they shall beat their swords into plowshares, and their spears into pruning hooks: nation shall not lift up sword against nation, neither shall they learn war any more.

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