a house divided against itself cannot stand


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a house divided against itself cannot stand

proverb If a group's members are in perpetual disagreement, the group will eventually cease to exist. The phrase is derived from a verse in the Bible (Mark 3:25) and was popularized in an 1858 speech by Abraham Lincoln. The candidate urged the members of his political party to unite because he understood that a house divided against itself cannot stand. You'll never get everyone on the same page if they keep up this in-fighting. Please remind them that a house divided against itself cannot stand. It's no wonder that Abraham Lincoln, on the eve of the Civil War, drew from the Biblical notion that "a house divided against itself cannot stand."
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A house divided against itself cannot stand.

Prov. If the members of a group fight each other, the group will disintegrate. (Often the group under discussion is a family.) The leader of the newly formed union tried hard to reconcile the different factions within his organization, because he knew that a house divided against itself cannot stand.
McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.

a house divided

a group or organization weakened by internal dissensions.
This phrase alludes to Matthew 12:25: ‘Every city or house divided against itself shall not stand’, that is, will be unable to withstand external pressures.
See also: divided, house
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