mess of pottage


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mess of pottage

hungry Esau sells birthright for broth. [O.T.: Genesis 25:29–34]
See: Bribery
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He is charged with giving up a distinctively Christian identity and selling its birthright for a mess of pottage.
Too many bishops in the United States have traded the rich evangelical, pastoral and sacramental patrimony that is theirs for the mess of pottage that is contemporary management theory.
The Israelis will not give up a right to self- defense for the proverbial mess of pottage.
McCabe concludes with a flourish: "If you, as a director, help this development [dramaturgy] along by participating in this abdication [of directorial control], you will have sold your profession's birthright for a mess of pottage.
Disney may have acquired a mess of pottage, but it fortunately gave no better than it got.
But when those who are ordained or otherwise claim to speak for God do it, they are settling for the mess of pottage that is politics and demeaning themselves and their faith in the process.
They claim that it is possible to continue using the name without buying into the mess of pottage which the SBC has stirred up in the past twenty years.
Tory party activists might be tempted to think his weekly sumo wrestling bout with Mr Blair has been sold for a mess of pottage.
History tells us that even if well-meaning legislators replace current laws with more industry-friendly measures, then sometime soon after, the American people are likely to discover that their lawmakers have just bought them a mess of pottage.