“A house divided cannot stand” Conversation Kicker!

“A house divided cannot stand!”  Abraham Lincoln, right?  Not so quick.  Someone else said it first.
There are so many pithy (concise and forcefully expressive) sayings that are used in everyday conversation.  Most of us use them, but most of us have no idea of the source from where they originate.  It’s interesting that many of these sayings are found in the words of the Bible, long pre-dating the time when the sayings came into use.  This proves that the Bible has always had great influence on man’s life and relationships…and still does, even in our day.  The fact that so many of these saying are still in use underscores the timeless relevance of God’s Word.
We thought we’d share some of them with you so that the next time you hear one of these sayings you can point them to the source!  That’s why we’re calling them a, “conversation kicker”!  Use them to turn a conversation to something important.  God bless and Stay Bold!
“A house divided cannot stand” comes from Jesus’ words.
When a structure is divided/broken it will be weakened to a point that it falls/fails.
Matthew 12:25  And Jesus knew their thoughts, and said unto them, Every kingdom divided against itself is brought to desolation; and every city or house divided against itself shall not stand:
Mark 3:25  And if a house be divided against itself, that house cannot stand.
Luke 11:17  But he, knowing their thoughts, said unto them, Every kingdom divided against itself is brought to desolation; and a house divided against a house falleth.

The expression “a house divided” was used by Abraham Lincoln in an address prior to his presidency on June 16, 1858.  In that address, which came to be knows as “A House Divided Speech,” Lincoln said:
A house divided against itself cannot stand. I believe this government cannot endure, permanently, half slave and half free. I do not expect the Union to be dissolved — I do not expect the house to fall — but I do expect it will cease to be divided. It will become all one thing or all the other. Either the opponents of slavery will arrest the further spread of it, and place it where the public mind shall rest in the belief that it is in the course of ultimate extinction; or its advocates will push it forward, till it shall become lawful in all the States, old as well as new — North as well as South.  [“A House Divided,” Info USA, Us Department of State, http://usinfo.org/enus/government/overview/22.html]
“Am I my brother’s keeper?” was asked by Cain.
 Literal meaning: To be one’s guardian or protector.
Genesis 4:9  And the LORD said unto Cain, Where is Abel thy brother? And he said, I know not: Am I my brother’s keeper?
“At my wit’s end” comes from the words of the psalmist.
At the limit of one’s mental resources.  At a complete loss, unable to think of what to do.  At the point of no return.
Psalm 107:27  They reel to and fro, and stagger like a drunken man, and are at their wit’s end.
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