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

  • Ray321
    123, Philemon was the saved master of Onesimus. When Apostle Paul was in prison, he met Onesimus the slave. Onesimus got right with God and became friends in the Lord with Paul. Paul told Philemon that Onesimus is one of us and that Paul will pay his bill. How beautiful is this story. Slaves and Masters were a common thing in the Bible. Praise God for freedom from satan. God bless you ........
  • Irene123
    V.2 - Apphia and Archippus were husband and wife; just as Aquila and Pricilla were.
  • Irene123
    People on here need to read more carefully, PRAY beforehand, for Jesus' wisdom it was ONESIMUS , not Philemon, that was the slave.
  • Renee Allen
    Onesimus was Philemon's slave who had run away. Philemon 1:10-14. If you're not sure of the meaning ask GOD to give you wisdom knowledge and understanding of His word! He will. We receive not because we ask not! Have a blessed day! GODS CHILD.
  • Terri
    Anne, bond does not mean from one's bowels.
  • Breeze
    I think shows a great lesson. From how I read the chapter, I think Philemon had no problem receiving his servant back. It makes me wonder if he had been praying for Onesimus to meet someone to lead him to the Lord. How wonderful that the Lord reconnected them through a mutual friend. I hope to have my own Onesimus testimony one day with a long-lost friend.

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