From Old Testament symbolism that people are like clay vessels.
broken vessel (plural broken vessels)
- (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:
- 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.
- I’m a broken vessel—thankfully, God uses broken vessels.
- (Biblical) Bratcher, Dennis Bratcher (2006), The Potter, The Voice CRI/Voice Institute