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American Experience Abraham and Mary Lincoln. 2:20:59 Length A House Divided Part 2 3 PBS Documentary.

American Experience Abraham and Mary Lincoln, A House Divided Part 2 3 PBS Documentary

Origins of the phrase "House Divided"

In the Gospel of Mark 3:25, Jesus states, "And if a house be divided against itself, that house cannot stand", in response to the scribes' claim that "by the prince of the devils casteth he out devils."

Also, in the Gospel of Matthew 12:25, KJV:
25 And Je'sus knew their thoughts, and said unto him, Every kingdom divided against itself is brought to desolation; and every city or house divided against itself shall not stand:
Saint Augustine, in his book Confessions (Book 8, Chapter 8) describes his conversion experience as being "a house divided against itself."

Thomas Hobbes, in his 1651 Leviathan (Chapter 18), stated that, "a kingdom divided in itself cannot stand."

In Thomas Paine's 1776 Common Sense, his description of the composition of Monarchy, "this hath all the distinctions of a house divided against itself . . ."

During the War of 1812 a line appeared in a letter from Abigail Adams to Mercy Otis Warren: "... A house divided upon itself - and upon that foundation do our enemies build their hopes of subduing us."

The "house divided" phrase had been used by Lincoln himself in another context in 1843.

Famously, eight years before Lincoln's speech, during the Senate debate on the Compromise of 1850, Sam Houston had proclaimed: "A nation divided against itself cannot stand."

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