A while ago, I posted here Abraham Lincoln's speech called "A house divided." It is based on the English proverb
"A house divided against itself cannot stand."
It is based on a passage in the Bible:
"If a kingdom is divided against itself, it cannot stand. If a house is divided against itself, it cannot stand. And if Satan is divided and rises against himself, he cannot stand; his end has come. Indeed, no one can enter a strong man’s house to steal his possessions unless he first ties up the strong man. Then he can plunder his house."
Here is the same passage in a simplified translation:
"If there is division in a kingdom, that kingdom will come to destruction; And if there is division in a house, that house will come to destruction; And if Satan is at war with himself, and there is division in him, he will not keep his place but will come to an end. But no one is able to go into the house of the strong man and take his goods, without first putting cords round the strong man, and then he will take his goods."
What do you think it means?
Is it true?
What was the situation in the US to which Lincoln was referring?