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Lincoln suggests that the tragedy wrought by the war was a divine punishment to America for possessing slaves to fulfill their greedy desires, saying that God may will that the war continue “until every drop of blood drawn with the lash shall be paid by another drawn with the sword”, and that the war was America’s “woe due”, so both sides were to be blamed for their actions. He again alludes to the Bible, and says, “the judgments of the Lord are true and righteous altogether” demonstrating that the meaning of the war was for the North and South to see the consequences of their failings, and to learn to become better people, and through that a better nation, calling for all Americans to “strive on to finish the work we are in, and to bind the nation’s wounds” alluding to a passage of the Book of Psalms, which states that God heals the broken hearted and wounded.

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