So of course this phrase, that is found nowhere in the Bible, is in reference to Matthew 26:52 which actually says
52 Then Jesus said to him, “Put your sword back into its place. For all [πάντες] who take the sword will perish by the sword.
-The Holy Bible: English Standard Version. (2016). (Mt 26:52). Wheaton, IL: Crossway Bibles.
Normally when I hear this verse referenced it is treated as a proverb enduring for all ages.
So, Instead of a proverb, would it make more sense to interpret it as a highly contextualized statement really only applicable to the circumstances that Jesus and his disciples faced? (Especially since so many Biblical characters who took up the sword did not themselves die a violent death)
Should this verse instead be interpreted as something along the following lines?
Put back your sword.
For all (of you/my disciples) who try to fight your/their way out of this with a sword,
will only manage to get yourselves/themselves killed with a sword.
Update based on responses received so far
In addition to the above, answers should address the following scriptural matters in responding to this question:
- Why specifically must "all" in Matthew 26:52 relate to all humans or all Christians or simply the disciples to whom he was speaking when we acknowledging that sometimes "all" means "all" and sometimes Jesus will only use the word "all" in Greek while translators will add "of you" (those he is speaking to) even though those specific words aren't found in the Greek (see John 13:11 & Mark 7:14)
- Mark 7:14 14 And he called the people to him again and said to them, “Hear me, all of you [πάντες], and understand:
- John 13:10-11 10 Jesus said to him, “The one who has bathed does not need to wash, except for his feet, but is completely clean. And you are clean, but not every one of you [πάντες].” 11 For he knew who was to betray him; that was why he said, “Not all of you [πάντες] are clean.”
- If you interpret this to apply to all humans or all Christians how do you square that interpretation with Romans 13:3-4.
Romans 13:3-4 3 For rulers are not a terror to good conduct, but to bad. Would you have no fear of the one who is in authority? Then do what is good, and you will receive his approval, 4 for he is God's servant for your good. But if you do wrong, be afraid, for he does not bear the sword in vain. For he is the servant of God, an avenger who carries out God's wrath on the wrongdoer.
- Would your interpretation imply that it would be wrong for Christians to serve as God's servants in law enforcement or the military?
- Will all those in law enforcement or the military who make their living with the sword necessarily die by the sword?