How do you take the advice of Jesus to buy a sword? Was he being figurative here or literal (or something else?)? Literal is hard to sustain b/c 2 swords for 11 men won't help much and later Jesus rebukes Peter using a sword. But I know our gun toting right wingers like to fall back on this passage for self-defense w/ a deadly weapon (which I am for btw). Luk 22:36 He said to them, "But now let the one who has a moneybag take it, and likewise a knapsack. And let the one who has no sword sell his cloak and buy one. Luk 22:37 For I tell you that this Scripture must be fulfilled in me: 'And he was numbered with the transgressors.' For what is written about me has its fulfillment." Luk 22:38 And they said, "Look, Lord, here are two swords." And he said to them, "It is enough." PS-I think Jesus' words in v. 38 can just as easily mean "nevermind" to his overly-literal disciples. Considering v. 37's prediction, it seems a figurative meaning is best in the sense of being prepared for warfare... spiritual warfare and physical suffering. V. 38 then is the disciples demonstrating that they fail to recognize Jesus' point. Then you have the garden incident where Jesus rebukes them.