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Live by the Sword, Die by the Sword

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Then Jesus said to him, “Put your sword back into its place. For all who take the sword will perish by the sword. ~ Matthew 26:52

What does it mean to live by the sword and die by the sword?

Answer:
The saying “live by the sword, die by the sword” is an idiom that basically means “what goes around comes around.” More to the point, “if you use violent, forceful, or underhanded methods against other people, you can expect those same methods to be used against you.”

The proverb “live by the sword, die by the sword” has a biblical origin. It comes from a conversation between Jesus and His disciple Peter just before Jesus was arrested in the Garden of Gethsemane. After Jesus was betrayed by Judas, a group of soldiers moved in to arrest the Lord. In a rash attempt to protect Jesus, Peter pulled out his sword and struck the servant of the high priest, cutting off his ear—you can be sure Peter was trying to do more damage than that (John 18:10). Jesus rebuked Peter and put a quick stop to the bloodshed. Jesus replaced the wounded man’s ear, healing him instantly (Luke 22:51). Then He told Peter to put his sword away, for “all who draw the sword will die by the sword” (Matthew 26:52). Jesus also told Peter that He would not fight the arrest, for it was God’s will that He drink the cup that was given to Him (John 18:11). Jesus had come to die as a sacrifice for sin, and now was the time. Jesus’ placating of Peter also showed His concern for His disciple—in warning Peter against using violence, Jesus prevented Peter from being arrested himself.

“Live by the sword, die by the sword” has become a common expression, adapted from Jesus’ words to Peter. The proverb’s meaning is still basically the same: a person who lives violently will probably at some point be killed in a violent manner. Violence begets violence. Those who practice violence will come to violent ends.


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Then Jesus said to him, “Put your sword back into its place. For all who take the sword will perish by the sword. ~ Matthew 26:52

What does it mean to live by the sword and die by the sword?

Answer:
The saying “live by the sword, die by the sword” is an idiom that basically means “what goes around comes around.” More to the point, “if you use violent, forceful, or underhanded methods against other people, you can expect those same methods to be used against you.”

The proverb “live by the sword, die by the sword” has a biblical origin. It comes from a conversation between Jesus and His disciple Peter just before Jesus was arrested in the Garden of Gethsemane. After Jesus was betrayed by Judas, a group of soldiers moved in to arrest the Lord. In a rash attempt to protect Jesus, Peter pulled out his sword and struck the servant of the high priest, cutting off his ear—you can be sure Peter was trying to do more damage than that (John 18:10). Jesus rebuked Peter and put a quick stop to the bloodshed. Jesus replaced the wounded man’s ear, healing him instantly (Luke 22:51). Then He told Peter to put his sword away, for “all who draw the sword will die by the sword” (Matthew 26:52). Jesus also told Peter that He would not fight the arrest, for it was God’s will that He drink the cup that was given to Him (John 18:11). Jesus had come to die as a sacrifice for sin, and now was the time. Jesus’ placating of Peter also showed His concern for His disciple—in warning Peter against using violence, Jesus prevented Peter from being arrested himself.

“Live by the sword, die by the sword” has become a common expression, adapted from Jesus’ words to Peter. The proverb’s meaning is still basically the same: a person who lives violently will probably at some point be killed in a violent manner. Violence begets violence. Those who practice violence will come to violent ends.


Also Read:

Got Questions.com is one of the most unreliable sources of so called Christian info out there....I would not trust them at all
 
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Then Jesus said to him, “Put your sword back into its place. For all who take the
sword will perish by the sword. ~ Matthew 26:52
Jesus also said:

"He that hath no sword, let him sell his garment, and buy one." (Luke 22:36)

In other words: it's not a sin to own deadly weapons for self defense.

FYI: The mob coming to arrest Jesus was duly authorized to do so. (Matt 26:47,
Mark 14:43 & John 18:3 )

So then; had Peter killed the high priest's servant in the performance of his duty
instead of only cutting off his ear, he would've been in danger of prosecution for
murder. (cf. Rom 13:1-5)
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Then Jesus said to him, “Put your sword back into its place. For all who take the sword will perish by the sword. ~ Matthew 26:52

What does it mean to live by the sword and die by the sword?

Answer:
The saying “live by the sword, die by the sword” is an idiom that basically means “what goes around comes around.” More to the point, “if you use violent, forceful, or underhanded methods against other people, you can expect those same methods to be used against you.”

The proverb “live by the sword, die by the sword” has a biblical origin. It comes from a conversation between Jesus and His disciple Peter just before Jesus was arrested in the Garden of Gethsemane. After Jesus was betrayed by Judas, a group of soldiers moved in to arrest the Lord. In a rash attempt to protect Jesus, Peter pulled out his sword and struck the servant of the high priest, cutting off his ear—you can be sure Peter was trying to do more damage than that (John 18:10). Jesus rebuked Peter and put a quick stop to the bloodshed. Jesus replaced the wounded man’s ear, healing him instantly (Luke 22:51). Then He told Peter to put his sword away, for “all who draw the sword will die by the sword” (Matthew 26:52). Jesus also told Peter that He would not fight the arrest, for it was God’s will that He drink the cup that was given to Him (John 18:11). Jesus had come to die as a sacrifice for sin, and now was the time. Jesus’ placating of Peter also showed His concern for His disciple—in warning Peter against using violence, Jesus prevented Peter from being arrested himself.

“Live by the sword, die by the sword” has become a common expression, adapted from Jesus’ words to Peter. The proverb’s meaning is still basically the same: a person who lives violently will probably at some point be killed in a violent manner. Violence begets violence. Those who practice violence will come to violent ends.


Also Read:

While that is a general rule, its not always so, David lived much of his life by the sword, but he did not die by the sword. Abraham lived by the sword, but he did not die by the sword. There are more examples. Its a matter of the heart. The heart that enjoys the violent actions upon others will indeed die by violent actions.
 
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While that is a general rule, its not always so, David lived much of his life by the sword, but he did not die by the sword. Abraham lived by the sword, but he did not die by the sword. There are more examples. Its a matter of the heart. The heart that enjoys the violent actions upon others will indeed die by violent actions.
Ahem! LOL Actually David and Abraham did not live by the sword...They used the 'sword' to accomplish the job they had at hand. Living by the sword (gun or whatever) is employing it for the purpose of advancing your lifelong agenda. David and Abraham did not use the sword for that purpose.
 
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Ahem! LOL Actually David and Abraham did not live by the sword...They used the 'sword' to accomplish the job they had at hand. Living by the sword (gun or whatever) is employing it for the purpose of advancing your lifelong agenda. David and Abraham did not use the sword for that purpose.
Semantics sir.
 
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Luke 22:36; And Jesus said to them, "But now, whoever has a money belt is to take it along, likewise also a bag, and whoever has no sword is to sell his coat and buy one.
 
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'Then said Jesus unto him,
Put up again thy sword into his place:
for all they that take the sword
shall perish with the sword.'

(Mat 26:52)

Hello @Chad,

The words, 'take the sword' means to take the sword - on their own responsibility. For if you take the sword while under orders, as a soldier for example there would be no come-back, but to take the sword on your own responsibility the repercussions would be on your own head. Peter was not under orders to take up that sword, he acted on his own volition.

Thank you
In Christ Jesus
Chris
 
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