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.

New Living Translation
Onesimus hasn't been of much use to you in the past, but now he is very useful to both of us.

English Standard Version
(Formerly he was useless to you, but now he is indeed useful to you and to me.)

Berean Study Bible
Formerly he was useless to you, but now he has become useful both to you and to me.

Berean Literal Bible
once useless to you, but now useful both to you and to me,

New American Standard Bible
who formerly was useless to you, but now is 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:

Holman Christian Standard Bible
Once he was useless to you, but now he is useful both to you and to me.

International Standard Version
Once he was useless to you, but now he is very useful both to you and to me.

NET Bible
who was formerly useless to you, but is now useful to you and me.

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

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
He who was not useful to you at times, but now also is very useful to you and to me,

GOD'S WORD® Translation
Once he was useless to you, but now he is very useful to both of us.

New American Standard 1977
who formerly was useless to you, but now is useful both to you and to me.

Jubilee Bible 2000
who in time past was to thee unprofitable, but now is profitable to thee and to me,

King James 2000 Bible
Who in time past was to you unprofitable, but now profitable to you and to me:

American King James Version
Which in time past was to you unprofitable, but now profitable to you and to me:

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

Douay-Rheims Bible
Who hath been heretofore unprofitable to thee, but now is profitable both to me and thee,

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

English Revised Version
who was aforetime unprofitable to thee, but now is profitable to thee and to me:

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

Weymouth New Testament
Formerly he was useless to you, but now--true to his name--he is of great use to you 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,
Commentary
Matthew Henry Commentary
1:8-14 It does not lower any one to condescend, and sometimes even to beseech, where, in strictness of right, we might command: the apostle argues from love, rather than authority, in behalf of one converted through his means; and this was Onesimus. In allusion to that name, which signifies profitable, the apostle allows that in time past he had been unprofitable to Philemon, but hastens to mention the change by which he had become profitable. Unholy persons are unprofitable; they answer not the great end of their being. But what happy changes conversion makes! of evil, good; of unprofitable, useful. Religious servants are treasures in a family. Such will make conscience of their time and trusts, and manage all they can for the best. No prospect of usefulness should lead any to neglect their obligations, or to fail in obedience to superiors. One great evidence of true repentance consists in returning to practise the duties which have been neglected. In his unconverted state, Onesimus had withdrawn, to his master's injury; but now he had seen his sin and repented, he was willing and desirous to return to his duty. Little do men know for what purposes the Lord leaves some to change their situations, or engage in undertakings, perhaps from evil motives. Had not the Lord overruled some of our ungodly projects, we may reflect upon cases, in which our destruction must have been sure.
Study Bible
Paul's Appeal for Onesimus
10I appeal to you for my child Onesimus, whose father I became while I was in chains. 11Formerly he was useless to you, but now he has become useful both to you and to me. 12I am sending back to you him who is my very heart.…
Cross References
Matthew 25:30
And throw that worthless servant into the outer darkness, where there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth.'

Philemon 1:10
I appeal to you for my child Onesimus, whose father I became while I was in chains.

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

Which in time past was to you unprofitable, but now profitable to you and to me:

unprofitable.

Job 30:1,2 But now they that are younger than I have me in derision, whose fathers …

Matthew 25:30 And cast you the unprofitable servant into outer darkness: there …

Luke 17:10 So likewise you, when you shall have done all those things which …

Romans 3:12 They are all gone out of the way, they are together become unprofitable; …

1 Peter 2:10 Which in time past were not a people, but are now the people of God: …

profitable.

Luke 15:24,32 For this my son was dead, and is alive again; he was lost, and is …

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

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