broken vessel

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From Old Testament symbolism that people are like clay vessels.


broken vessel (plural broken vessels)

  1. (idiomatic, biblical) A person who is destroyed or forgotten, or who feels flawed or broken.
    • 1611. Old Testament, King James Version, Psalms 31:12:
      I am forgotten as a dead man out of mind; I am like a broken vessel.
    • 2000. Jill Alexander Essbaum, Kenosis (poem). Published in Heaven, University Press of New England, p. 48:[1]
      I am a broken vessel, Lord
      rubble where a soul should be.
    • 2005. Kara Williamson, quote in Undisguised, the new project by singer/songwriter Kara Williamson, Your Guide to Christian Music, Gospel, Feb 4 2005.[2]
      I’m a broken vessel—thankfully, God uses broken vessels.

See also[edit]


  • (Biblical) Bratcher, Dennis Bratcher (2006), The Potter, The Voice CRI/Voice Institute[3]