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Philemon 1:11

“Which in time past was to thee unprofitable, but now profitable to thee and to me:”

King James Version (KJV)

Other Translations

Which in time past was to thee vnprofitable: but now profitable to thee and to me:
- King James Version (1611) - View 1611 Bible Scan

who formerly was useless to you, but now is useful both to you and to me.
- New American Standard Version (1995)

who once was unprofitable to thee, but now is profitable to thee and to me:
- American Standard Version (1901)

Who in the past was of no profit to you, but now is of profit to you and to me:
- Basic English Bible

once unserviceable to thee, but now serviceable to thee and to me:
- Darby Bible

Who in time past was to thee unprofitable, but now profitable to thee and to me:
- Webster's Bible

Formerly he was useless to you, but now--true to his name--he is of great use to you and to me.
- Weymouth Bible

who once was useless to you, but now is useful to you and to me.
- World English Bible

which sumtyme was vnprofitable to thee, but now profitable bothe to thee and to me; whom Y sente ayen to thee.
- Wycliffe Bible

who once was to thee unprofitable, and now is profitable to me and to thee,
- Youngs Literal Bible

Bible commentary

Wesley's Notes for Philemon 1:11

1:11 Now profitable - None should be expected to be a good servant before he is a good man. He manifestly alludes to his name, Onesimus, which signifies profitable.

People's Bible Notes for Philemon 1:11

Phm 1:11 Which in time past was to thee unprofitable. He may not only have been a restless, discontented servant, but in addition, he ran away. But now profitable to thee and to me. Such a change has taken place in him. He has served Paul in his bonds well, and will also serve Philemon well.

Discussion for Philemon 1

  • Joe
    Anne - What I understand is that Onesimus was a slave who belonged to Philemon and that Philemon was a believer who loved both God and the saints. At some point Onesimus ran away to Rome, heard the word of God, and became a believer. Paul calls Onesimus his son because of their common bond, Jesus Christ.
  • Anne Braun
    You all have confused me in interpreting words that Paul did not say. Paul refers to Onesimus as his son. There is no mistaking this: 10 "I beseech thee for my son Onesimus whom I have begotten in my bonds." 12 "....that is, mine own bowels." Nowhere am I reading in this chapter that Onesimus was Paul's slave, but was his SON. Acting as ones servant is entirely different. It sounds to me as if Paul begot a son while he was in bondage, this son at some point ran away, or left the fold so to speak, now he has returned a changed person and Paul is asking now that he is aged, elderly , that Onesimus be received as if he were Paul himself. How are you all interpreting the situation to be different other than what Paul said? Explain?
  • Atsu Praize for verse 6
    I acknowledge that i have ternal life in me! I john 5:13
  • Fortunate manhiri
    i think this also imply to the church of today.we need to accomodate the whole communite despite their weakness.and be patiant give them time to reform other than descrimnating
  • Marc
    GODS QUESTIONMARK ON YOU...Phalieman 1:8-22... 1Reference: whois your reference and who take responsibility for your sins, your problems, your attitudes, Jesus, said will take responsibility- That is Christ...Just as a person will use you as a reference...you have to answer some questions about that person..maybe 2 or three...most of us use or pastor and they will ask ...do they come to church?...are they there on time? ..Do they attend regularly?...Jesus is our reference for God... 2.Return..the return to Philemon as a different changeperson from slave to a person...Paul looked at the slave as a person and not a slave. 3. Reconciliation- Take him backas a brother to serve with you in Christ.....Paul wrote this in his own hand to teach about his personal pledge to the slave...to teach Philimon the rich man...2nd Corintians 5:19---21...The slave changed his life after he had run away and come back as Paul was his reference...
  • Kimberly Johnson
    I like this want more

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