And what mess of pottage
have you acquired in exchange for the rights of a free people?
Compared with this the undeniable goods of the academy seem to me a mess of pottage
. For the moment I must continue to book my ticket on the other line.
And this mess of pottage
is being offered to the ex-Soviet people as payment for their revolutionary birthright--the ownership of the means of production.
To achieve this mess of pottage
they are willing to let chaos spill across the land.
The Book of Genesis tells how Esau sold his birthright to Jacob for a mess of pottage
. Things did not end well for the House of Isaac.
Events may prove me wrong, but I think the city fathers of Manchester have sold their birthright for a mess of pottage
After forcing his starving brother, Esau, to give up his birthright in return for a mess of pottage
, Jacob collaborates with his mother, puts on Esau's clothes, wraps animal hides around his arms to simulate his brother's hairy limbs, and walks up to his elderly father.
There are too many in Government on the business front, who would betray this nation for a mess of pottage
Like Esau we were encouraged to sell our "birthright for a mess of pottage
When, in what seems intended as a Cain and Abel reference, dirt farmer's son Paul Sunday (Paul Dano) offers to sell out his family's heritage for a metaphorical mess of pottage
, Plainview heads for their California ranch, HW in tow as prop, to smooth-talk the old man into selling the drilling rights at a bargain price.
The tragedy is that the members of the Pulitzer family--Emily, Michael and their relatives--have traded their heritage for a mess of pottage--a very large mess of pottage
, to be sure, but no more than that.
Subverting the biological rhetoric of Stribling's novel, Larsen's allusion thus recasts the trope of the birthright not as a natural law of the blood but as a cultural inheritance that can be robbed, lost, traded, tricked away, exchanged, bought, or "sold"-- in the words of Harlem Renaissance writer James Weldon Johnson in The Autobiography of an Ex-Colored Man--"for a mess of pottage
Is there no other organisation in Wales to prevent the loss or is this another case of selling our birthright for a mess of pottage
There must also be a resolve to hold on to this integrity and reputation and not trade it off for a mess of pottage
. The tragedy of our situation is that the political space is being crowded with despicable quantities riding roughshod over their betters.
This will be the first time that a Prime Minister has sold his country for a 'mess of pottage