POTTAGE (Heb. nāzîdh, boiled). A kind of thick broth made with vegetables and meat or suet. Jacob bought Esau’s birthright for a mess of pottage (Gen.25.29-Gen.25.30, Gen.25.34 kjv; niv “red [or lentil] stew”; see also 2Kgs.4.38-2Kgs.4.39).
POTTAGE (נָזִיד, H5686). A thick broth or porridge made by boiling lentils or other vegetables, sometimes with meat or suet, usually in water. It was apparently red in color (Gen 25:30). It is mentioned in Haggai 2:12 with bread, wine, oil and any kind of food (see Food).
Jacob bought Esau’s birthright for a mess of pottage (Gen 25:29-34). Pottage was eaten by Elisha’s disciples (2 Kings 4:39).
International Standard Bible Encyclopedia (1915)
See FOOD, III.