Context11who formerly was useless to you, but now is useful both to you and to me. 12I have sent him back to you in person, that is, sending my very heart, 13whom I wished to keep with me, so that on your behalf he might minister to me in my imprisonment for the gospel; 14but without your consent I did not want to do anything, so that your goodness would not be, in effect, by compulsion but of your own free will. 15For perhaps he was for this reason separated from you for a while, that you would have him back forever, 16no longer as a slave, but more than a slave, a beloved brother, especially to me, but how much more to you, both in the flesh and in the Lord.
17If then you regard me a partner, accept him as you would me. 18But if he has wronged you in any way or owes you anything, charge that to my account; 19I, Paul, am writing this with my own hand, I will repay it (not to mention to you that you owe to me even your own self as well). 20Yes, brother, let me benefit from you in the Lord; refresh my heart in Christ.
21Having confidence in your obedience, I write to you, since I know that you will do even more than what I say.
22At the same time also prepare me a lodging, for I hope that through your prayers I will be given to you.
25The grace of the Lord Jesus Christ be with your spirit.
Parallel VersesAmerican Standard Version
who once was unprofitable to thee, but now is profitable to thee and to me:
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,
LibraryThe 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
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