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sell (one's) birthright for a mess of pottage

To exchange something of great, important, or fundamental value for some financial gain that proves to be of little, trivial, or no value but which appears to be attractive or valuable on first reckoning. An allusion to Esau in Genesis 25:29–32, who sells to Jacob his birthright to his family's estate for a bowl of lentil stew (pottage). If we allow our obsession with job creation to undermine the health of the environment, humanity will ultimately end up selling its birthright for a mess of pottage.
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sell (one's) birthright for a bowl of soup

To exchange something of great, important, or fundamental value for some financial gain that proves to be of little, trivial, or no value but which appears to be attractive or valuable on first reckoning. (A variant of "sell one's birthright for a mess of pottage," an allusion to Esau in Genesis 25:29–32, who sells to Jacob his birthright to his family's estate for a bowl of lentil stew (pottage).) If we allow our obsession with job creation to undermine the health of the environment, humanity will ultimately end up selling its birthright for a bowl of soup.
See also: birthright, bowl, of, sell, soup
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Upon ratification in 1868, the 14th Amendment's Citizenship Clause enshrined the principle of birthright citizenship in the text of the Constitution.
As Steve Byas noted in his article for The New American posted online on August 22, "Trump Gives New Life to Bill on Birthright Citizenship":
Several Presidential candidates have called for ending birthright citizenship, citing constitutional scholars who say the current policy fundamentally misinterprets the citizenship clause in the 14[sup.
We all share in this story because we all have a birthright in God.
You secure the border, and birthright citizenship's not even an issue we're going to be concerned about," Perry told reporters.
Much of the analysis of this proposal has focused on what would be required to do away with birthright citizenship.
Ending birthright citizenship has become an iconic issue for the rightwing since 2011.
I think much more could be done to promote our birthright via BBC Wales showing more programmes which are currently aired only on S4C, being repeated with English subtitles.
Though Esau was worthy of taking the right to be a child of God, Esau was rejected when he asked for his birthright from his father.
In writing Tours That Bind: Diaspora, Pilgrimage and Israeli Birthright Tourism (4), an ethnography of the state-sponsored tours that have brought more than 300,000 Diaspora Jews to Israel since 1999, I knew well that Vilnay's perspective was widely shared among educators engaged in the enterprise.
Summary: Muscat: If Omani youngsters feel getting a job is their birthright, they must think again.
Haldwani, Jan 26 ( ANI ): Yoga guru Baba Ramdev on Thursday came down heavily on the Congress-led United Progressive Alliance (UPA) Government at the Centre on various charges of corruption, and said that the latter consider it as their birthright to plunder the country.
civil and criminal laws which has historically meant that only babies born in the United States to diplomats, invading armies, or within certain sovereign Native American tribes have been excluded from birthright American citizenship.