Original Research - Special Collection: Perspectives on Peace in the Bible

Swaarde wat in ploegskare verander, is nie vrede nie – Vrede (שָׁלֹום) in Jesaja 40–66

Chris van der Walt
HTS Teologiese Studies / Theological Studies | Vol 71, No 1 | a2991 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.4102/hts.v71i1.2991 | © 2015 Chris van der Walt | This work is licensed under CC Attribution 4.0
Submitted: 06 April 2015 | Published: 25 August 2015

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Chris van der Walt, Faculty of Theology, North–West University, Potchefstroom Campus, South Africa


Swords turning into ploughshares is not peace – Peace (שָׁלֹום) in Isaiah 40−44. ‘Swords being turned into ploughshares’ are often portrayed as being tantamount to peace. Peace though has got a more extensive meaning than only the absence of war. Whilst war and destruction is on the forefront in Isaiah 1–39, the opposite is true in Isaiah 40–66. The intention of this article is therefore to demonstrate the extensive meaning of peace (שָׁלֹום) as it unfolds as a motive in Isaiah 40–66. Because of a lack of space, only the first three passages directly mentioning שָׁלֹום [peace] will be discussed. Even though this discussion will be incomplete, it will reveal that peace is not part of man’s normal state, that not everyone will experience peace and that there is a direct link between peace and the rule of God.


Isaiah; Peace; Righteousness; Justice


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