Last Updated on May 24, 2015, by eNotes Editorial. Word Count: 184
Context: Though the prophet Micah is credited with writing most of the book of Micah, scholars assert that certain passages, including the section from which this quotation is taken, are from the hand of another writer, who presents a note of optimism, in contrast with the gloom which dominates Micah's prophecy. The writer states that, at the end of Israel's period of exile, Zion, the holy hill of Jerusalem on which is located the temple, will be glorified above all mountains. The people of many nations will pour forth to worship the Lord and will be instructed in His ways and commandments. An idealistic dream of universal peace is presented:
And he shall judge among many people, and rebuke strong nations afar off; and they shall beat their swords into plowshares, and their spears into pruning hooks: nation shall not lift up a sword against nation, neither shall they learn war any more.
But they shall sit every man under his vine and under his fig tree; and none shall make them afraid: for the mouth of the Lord of hosts hath spoken it.