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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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Finally, NUD could not have come to existence had NCDS responsibly executed its duties that its members have the same birthrights without any discrimination against those, who hold different political views from Riek Machar.
The organization will address the followings: a) NUD is inclusive to all Nuer members worldwide and that its membership is a birthright membership, irrespective of geographical location as long as one is a Nuer by birthright; b) NUD's membership is not based on the sale and purchases as NCDS that sales membership to its members through political, military, and monetary value support to Riek Machar; c) If any contribution is made, it will be limited to the fewer Dollars amount and that amount cannot be used for a political purpose like NCDS that channels its fund to support Riek Machar's insurgency in South Sudan.
A: Barrister Elizabeth Prochaska, founder of Birthrights, a new legal advice organisation protecting women''s rights in childbirth, says: You have the right to decide where you give birth.
EXPERT: Barrister Elizabeth Prochaska, founder of Birthrights a legal advice organisation protecting women''s rights in childbirth
Otherwise, Perez (while he's alive), Daniel Auteuil, Fabrice Luchini and Philippe Noiret all seem to be having a high old time cavorting around 18th-century France in the interests of love, loyalty, birthrights and fencing.
Lagardere finally encounters his opportunity to make matters right and restore Aurore's birthright.
Jacob demanded that Esau sell his birthright for the food, and Esau complied, contending it had little value if he was on the verge of starvation.
Yet some of the poorest and neediest Americans are among the largest groups of Americans who have forsaken this birthright.