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

  • Jellyfish58
    Paul is always going for the greater good,
  • Jellyfish58
    I think it is interesting the boldness of Paul. vs 19: "I Paul have written it with mine own hand, I will repay it: albeit I do not say to thee how thou owest unto me even thine own self besides." On one hand he is saying he will repay Onesimus debt, yet he reminds Philemon, you owe me.
  • Steve morrow
  • Ray321
    Genesis 6 And it came to pass, when men began to multiply on the face of the earth, and daughters were born unto them, That the sons of God saw the daughters of men that they were fair and they took them wives of all which they chose. And the Lord said, My spirit shall not always strive with man, for that he also is flesh: yet his days shall be an hundred and twenty years. . Gal 5:17
  • A disciple
    Hi Denise; the words Paul uses are spiritual; like when he told the Corinthians, "I have begotten you..." He was NOT speaking carnally, but spiritually; just as the Apostles and Saints from earlier times are called The Church Fathers. The human is but the vessel through which the Spirit does the thing in spirit. Look at 1 Peter 1:3. The term "Born Again" is more accurately - "Born From Above."
  • Denise
    Yes Onesimus was the son of Paul.He explained that he begot him of his own bowels that meant Paul's body and it happened when he was in bonds.Paul was in prison when he and a woman made Onesimus.He never mentioned the woman but we all know how babies are made.Man and Woman Jesus is the Son Of God.And Also There Is God The Father Jesus Christ The Son And The Holy Ghost.3 in one.

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