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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So saying, he gathered together, and brought to a flame, the decaying brands which lay scattered on the ample hearth; took from the larger board a mess of pottage and seethed kid, placed it upon the small table at which he had himself supped, and, without waiting the Jew's thanks, went to the other side of the hall; whether from unwillingness to hold more close communication with the object of his benevolence, or from a wish to draw near to the upper end of the table, seemed uncertain.
But he who sold his birthright for a mess of pottage existed, and Judas Iscariot existed, and Castlereagh existed, and this man exists
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).
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.
Town hall numpties are selling the people's birthright for a mess of pottage.
Ye are a factious crew, and enemies to all good government; ye are a pack of mercenary wretches, and would like Esau sell your country for a mess of pottage, and like Judas betray your God for a few pieces of money.
The term "miswant" is only fourteen years old; the sentiment is as old as Romans 7, for we too easily sell our birthright of long-term gains for the mess of pottage that is immediate gratification.