The Prophet Isaiah urges the people to “beat their
swords into plowshares” and learn war no more
From: The Book of the Prophet Isaiah (KJV) (Isaiah)
Theme: Religion & Toleration
See this quote in context.
The Gospels draw heavily on the Book of Isaiah for a
utopic view of the world. The famous "swords to
plowshares" quote (Isaiah 2:4) is but one of its
And he shall judge among the nations, and shall
rebuke many people: and they shall beat their swords
into plowshares, and their spears into pruninghooks:
nation shall not lift up sword against nation, neither
shall they learn war any more. (Isaiah 2:4).
About this Quotation:
The prophet raises two very interesting problems.
The first is the economic problem of how to convert
the capital goods needed for the production of war
materiel (“swords”) into the capital goods which are
needed to produce consumer goods
(“ploughshares”). The second is the moral and
political problem of getting the will power and the
political constituencies to do so.