Philemon 1:11
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New International Version
Formerly he was useless to you, but now he has become useful both to you and to me.

King James Bible
Which in time past was to thee unprofitable, but now profitable to thee and to me:

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

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

Young's Literal Translation
who once was to thee unprofitable, and now is profitable to me and to thee,

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Clarke's Commentary on the Bible

Was to thee unprofitable - Alluding to the meaning of Onesimus's name, as has been already noted; though the apostle uses a different Greek word to express the same idea.

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Job 30:1,2 But now they that are younger than I have me in derision, whose fathers I would have disdained to have set with the dogs of my flock...

Matthew 25:30 And cast you the unprofitable servant into outer darkness: there shall be weeping and gnashing of teeth.

Luke 17:10 So likewise you, when you shall have done all those things which are commanded you, say, We are unprofitable servants...

Romans 3:12 They are all gone out of the way, they are together become unprofitable; there is none that does good, no, not one.

1 Peter 2:10 Which in time past were not a people, but are now the people of God: which had not obtained mercy, but now have obtained mercy.


Luke 15:24,32 For this my son was dead, and is alive again; he was lost, and is found. And they began to be merry...

2 Timothy 4:11 Only Luke is with me. Take Mark, and bring him with you: for he is profitable to me for the ministry.

The Epistles of the Captivity.
During his confinement in Rome, from a.d. 61 to 63, while waiting the issue of his trial on the charge of being "a mover of insurrections among all the Jews throughout the world, and a ringleader of the sect of the Nazarenes" (Acts 24:5), the aged apostle composed four Epistles, to the Colossians, Ephesians, Philemon, and Philippians. He thus turned the prison into a pulpit, sent inspiration and comfort to his distant congregations, and rendered a greater service to future ages than he could have
Philip Schaff—History of the Christian Church, Volume I

Cross References
Matthew 25:30
And throw that worthless servant outside, into the darkness, where there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth.'

Philemon 1:10
that I appeal to you for my son Onesimus, who became my son while I was in chains.

Philemon 1:12
I am sending him--who is my very heart--back to you.

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