There are three accounts in the gospels in which jesus states that a kingdom divided against itself is laid waste or a house divided cannot stand luke 11 17. Even lincoln s friends regarded the speech as too radical for the occasion.
If a kingdom is divided against itself that kingdom cannot stand.
A house divided against itself cannot stand. New king james version and if a house is divided against itself that house cannot stand. Jesus knew their thoughts and said to them every kingdom divided against itself will be ruined and every city or household divided against itself will not stand. Jesus was saying essentially that it is impossible for satan to cast himself out.
The title reflects part of the speech s introduction a house divided against itself cannot stand a concept familiar to lincoln s audience as a statement by jesus recorded in all three synoptic gospels matthew mark luke. What did abraham lincoln mean by a house divided against itself cannot stand on june 16 1858 the republican state convention met in springfield illinois and chose abraham lincoln to run against democrat stephen douglas for the u s. Or to quote the man himself.
Many people also remember this expression from one of abraham lincoln s famous speeches where he invoked the words of jesus. Proverb if a group s members are in perpetual disagreement the group will eventually cease to exist. In the gospel of mark 3 25 jesus states and if a house be divided against itself that house cannot stand that is in response to the scribes claim that by the prince of the devils casteth he out devils.
And he healed him so that the a blind and mute man both spoke and saw. A house divided against itself cannot stand. If a house is divided against itself it cannot stand.
23 and all the multitudes were amazed and said could this be the son of david. Matthew 12 22 37 new king james version nkjv a house divided cannot stand 22 then one was brought to him who was demon possessed blind and mute. Lincoln s speech that evening was specifically about the problems of slavery in the united states and especially the effect of the recent dred scott decision of the u s.
The expression a house divided against itself appears twice in the bible. I do not expect the union to be. The phrase is derived from a verse in the bible mark 3 25 and was popularized in an 1858 speech by abraham lincoln.
A house divided against itself cannot stand. Berean literal bible and if a house is divided against itself that house will not be able to stand. I believe this government cannot endure permanently half slave and half free.
All three instances of this statement are spoken in response to the pharisees accusation that jesus was casting out demons by the power of satan a blasphemy that jesus said would not be forgiven them. New american standard bible if a house is divided against itself that house will not be able to stand. And if a house is divided against itself that house will not be able to stand mark 3 23 25.