Luke 17:10

So likewise ye, when ye shall have done all those things which are commanded you, say, We are unprofitable servants: we have done that which was our duty to do.

King James Version (KJV)

Other Translations

So likewise ye, when ye shal haue done all those things which are commanded you, say, Wee are vnprofitable seruants: Wee haue done that which was our duety to doe.
- King James Version (1611) - View 1611 Bible Scan

"So you too, when you do all the things which are commanded you, say, 'We are unworthy slaves; we have done {only} that which we ought to have done.'"
- New American Standard Version (1995)

Even so ye also, when ye shall have done all the things that are commanded you, say, We are unprofitable servants; we have done that which it was our duty to do.
- American Standard Version (1901)

In the same way, when you have done all the things which are given you to do, say, There is no profit in us, for we have only done what we were ordered to do.
- Basic English Bible

Thus *ye* also, when ye shall have done all things that have been ordered you, say, We are unprofitable bondmen; we have done what it was our duty to do.
- Darby Bible

So likewise ye, when ye shall have done all the things which are commanded you, say, We are unprofitable servants: we have done that which it was our duty to do.
- Webster's Bible

So you also, when you have obeyed all the orders given you, must say, "`There is no merit in our service: what we have done is only what we were in duty bound to do.'"
- Weymouth Bible

Even so you also, when you have done all the things that are commanded you, say, 'We are unworthy servants. We have done our duty.'"
- World English Bible

Nay, Y gesse. So ye, whanne ye han don alle thingis that ben comaundid to you, seie ye, We ben vnprofitable seruauntis, we han do that that we ouyten to do.
- Wycliffe Bible

`So also ye, when ye may have done all the things directed you, say -- We are unprofitable servants, because that which we owed to do -- we have done.'
- Youngs Literal Bible

Bible commentary

Wesley's Notes for Luke 17:10


17:10 When ye have done all, say, We are unprofitable servants - For a man cannot profit God. Happy is he who judges himself an unprofitable servant: miserable is he whom God pronounces such. But though we are unprofitable to him, our serving him is not unprofitable to us. For he is pleased to give by his grace a value to our good works, which in consequence of his promise entitles us to an eternal reward.


People's Bible Notes for Luke 17:10


Lu 17:10 We are unprofitable servants. Our Master owes us no thanks when we serve him faithfully, for we have only done our duty. The heavenly reward to the faithful is of grace, not of debt (Ro 11:6).

Discussion for Luke 17:10

  • Nkosinathi Ngulube for verse 10
    What profiteth not the spirit does no Godly profit
  • Don Gauthreaux for verse 10
    We are servants of the Lord, God. We should not look for any profit when doing and obeying His will. We should only serve, at our best, only to glorify Him and to further His Kingdom. We are unprofitable so that He profits.

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