Posted by Henry on October 15, 2003
In Reply to: Beat your swords into plowshares posted by ESC on October 15, 2003
: : Can you please explain the meaning and origin of this phrase? Thank you - Sax
: It's from the Bible and it is talking about peace. For the various times the phrase appears in the Bible, go to Biblegateway.com and search "plowshares" under advanced search.
: Micah 4:3
: He will judge between many peoples and will settle disputes for strong nations far and wide. They will beat their swords into plowshares and their spears into pruning hooks. Nation will not take up sword against nation, nor will they train for war anymore.
A modern expression would be turning tanks into tractors.