beat swords into plowshares

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beat swords into plowshares

To abstain from destructive activities, such as war and violence (symbolized by swords), in favor of peaceful, constructive activities (symbolized by plowshares, a farming implement). The phrase comes from the Bible. We must beat swords into plowshares so that our children can inherit a peaceful world.
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