mess of pottage

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Noun1.mess of pottage - anything of trivial value; "Esau sold his birthright to Jacob for a mess of pottage"
economic value, value - the amount (of money or goods or services) that is considered to be a fair equivalent for something else; "he tried to estimate the value of the produce at normal prices"
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What was his "mess of pottage" to the birthright that the other had preserved?
But he who sold his birthright for a mess of pottage existed, and Judas Iscariot existed, and Castlereagh existed, and this man exists!'
It is most pathetic that the only strands of believability left for Galadima derive from his friendship with President Muhammadu Buhari, who he is now demonising for a mess of pottage. Interestingly, Galadima's family continues to enjoy President Buhari's statesmanship as they occupy positions that their father grudges other Nigerians for aspiring to.
" "In exchange for a mess of pottage.abstaining or supporting Israel in a few UN votes.
It seems that today our pastors have traded agreement on abortion for a mess of pottage.
The Old Testament scenes appropriately illustrate the life of Jacob and his purchase of Esau's birthright for a mess of pottage.
Journal readers on Tuesday were told that North of Tyne devolution is comparable to the story of Esau, who sold his birthright to Jacob for a mess of pottage, a thin gruel.
Not content with just this, the gun-haters in Sacramento are also requiring "joint registration," and I'm not talking about for legalized weed (see 'A Mess of Pottage," October 2016 issue).
To gain our approval for entry into the EEC in 1975 we were told blatant lies by the Wilson Government, and our sovereignty and independence were exchanged for tariff-free trade deals; sold, as it were, for a mess of pottage!
With vague promises of a "devolution revolution" facile mirage of a Northern Powerhouse, Cameron and Osborne think they can browbeat Yorkshire into following the lead of Manchester, whose city fathers sold their birthright for a mess of pottage.
So in keeping with a biblical theme, I would remind Gazette readers of Jacob's brother, Esau, who it was said "sold out his birthright for a mess of pottage".
Town hall numpties are selling the people's birthright for a mess of pottage.