"Let who have lived by the sword turn from their violence lest they perish by the sword."

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serhatuygur

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Turkish
Hello, I'm having a little bit of trouble to fully understand the highlighted sentence in below. It is from Stephen Ambrose's book "Band of Brothers", which the author describes a regimental prayer. I guess it means something like, "Let our enemies who used their arms in the past abandon them now, so that we won't be forced to kill them" but I wanted to be sure. I would be very grateful if someone can confirm or correct my interpretation. Thank you.

"The legions of evil are many, Father; grace our arms to meet and defeat them in Thy name and in the name of the freedom and dignity of man. . . . Let
our enemies who have lived by the sword turn from their violence lest they perish by the sword."
 
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