But to bring a sword

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Jesus Christ armed with sword.

"I came not to bring peace, but to bring a sword" is one of Jesus' most controversial statements [1] because its meaning has many interpretations. The immediate context is the entire verse of Matthew 10:34, "Think not that I am come to send peace on earth: I came not to send [or bring] peace, but a sword."[2]

Traditional texts such as the King James Version and the Geneva Bible refer to Jesus not coming "to send peace", whereas more modern translations such as the New International Version and the New King James Version say that he did not come "to bring peace".[3]

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  1. ^ Cim, David. "The sword motif in Matthew 10:34". Theological Studies; Vol 56, No 1 (2000), 84-104. School of Theology, Australian Catholic University. doi:10.4102/hts.v56i1.1698. 
  2. ^ Matthew 10:34
    - Charles Mathewes. Understanding Religious Ethics. p. 186. 
  3. ^ BibleGateway.com, Translations of Matthew 10:34

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But to bring a sword
Preceded by
John the Baptist Beheaded
Ministry of John the Baptist
New Testament
Succeeded by
Feeding the Multitudes
Miracles of Jesus