Sell your birthright for a mess of pottage

Sell your birthright for a mess of pottage
  If a person sells their birthright for a mess of pottage, they accept some trivial financial or other gain, but lose something much more important. 'Sell your soul for a mess of pottage' is an alternative form.

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  • sell your birthright for a mess of pottage — If a person sells their birthright for a mess of pottage, they accept some trivial financial or other gain, but lose something much more important. Sell your soul for a mess of pottage is an alternative form …   The small dictionary of idiomes

  • sell your birthright for a mess of pottage —    If a person sells their birthright for a mess of pottage, they accept some trivial financial or other gain, but lose something much more important. Sell your soul for a mess of pottage is an alternative form.   (Dorking School Dictionary) …   English Idioms & idiomatic expressions

  • William Lloyd Garrison: The Dangers of Slavery (1829) — ▪ Primary Source       Antislavery movements had existed in the United States since the Revolution. They had even received occasional support in the South, on moral grounds; but the invention of the cotton gin in 1793 made slavery a seeming… …   Universalium

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