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In Lincoln's Second Inaugural Address what did he mean when he observes that the judgment of the Lord are true and righteous altogether?

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February 29, 2008 1:29PM

To try to understand the phrase Lincoln uses at that point in the speech you need to have some context for the phrase and the speech itself. The speech was given in March of 1865 and Lincoln had been re-elected and was in the position of the victorious leader. The Union was within a month or so of winning the war and everything pointed to that when Lincoln gave the speech. The phrase is from the Bible Psalms 19:9. Lincoln uses it to reinforce the message he was giving to the American public. That message was not just to the Union and the victorious side but to the soon to be defeated Confederates. I believe he was trying to say that Slavery was the cause of the war, and perhaps, just perhaps, God believed that Slavery was an offense against God. Lincoln was giving the idea out to the entire nation that if that was the case, then God was punishing both sides for that offense of Slavery. Lincoln goes on to say that maybe God is not done with his punishment and that maybe the war is not at an ending. He then uses the phrase you ask about. I think he was using the phrase to say that the question was one of God and that we humans can try to understand but that the final outcome would be in God's hands. Tom Williams I hope this helps answer a question that might have many answers