divided against itself

divided against itself

In perpetual disagreement, as of the members of a group. The phrase is derived from "a house divided against itself cannot stand," a Bible verse (Mark 3:25) that 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.
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divided against itself

(of a group which should be a unified whole) split by factional interests.
This expression originates in Jesus's words in Matthew 12:25: ‘every city or house divided against itself shall not stand’.
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References in classic literature ?
Know then that though there may be peace between our own provinces and the French, yet within the marches of France there is always war, for the country is much divided against itself, and is furthermore harried by bands of flayers, skinners, Brabacons, tardvenus, and the rest of them.
But he knew their thoughts and said to them, "Every kingdom divided against itself will be laid waste and house will fall against house.
Senate, Lincoln gave his "A house divided against itself cannot stand" speech.
A House Divided Against itself Cannot Stand": UP's Internal Conflict-The Beginning of its Political Demise
Those red-blue maps may seem to show a nation divided against itself, but by using just two colours, they obscure an enormous variety of opinion.
Dickson stated that, a house divided against itself cannot stand and, therefore, echoed it loud that, the time had come to fashion out ways to holistically address all the challenges, particularly those that are internal.
Every kingdom divided against itself is brought to desolation, and every house divided against itself will not stand," Come on Britain, unite and make Britain Great.
Our candidate knows, in the words of Abraham Lincoln, "A house divided against itself cannot stand.
Lebanon's Hezbollah Party is not just an instrument of Iran's regional surge but also keeps Lebanon divided against itself.
Three descriptions would suffice: a soldier trying to win a war but was thwarted at every turn by those on whom he should have been able to depend; a nationalist at a time when the new nation he would save was already disintegrating; the ignored champion of an ilustrado class divided against itself.
His litany of foreign policy advisers is a list divided against itself.
Abraham Lincoln writes: " a house divided against itself cannot stand.
The Dragon-botherers have had four managers in as many years and, despite Tan pouring in his cash with strings and a brief foray into the top flight, they are further back now than when he started and look to be a troubled club deeply divided against itself.
We are a country divided against itself when we have mobs in defiance of the government.
However, I groan in desperate prayer as I recall that certain Someone who declared that "a house divided against itself cannot stand" and "If anyone conies to me and does not hate his father and mother, his wife and children, his brothers and sisters--yes, even his own life--he cannot be my disciple.