John Bengel Commentary - Philemon 1:11 - 1:11

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John Bengel Commentary - Philemon 1:11 - 1:11


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Phm 1:11. Ἄχρηστον, unprofitable) A Litotes [see Append.] for he was guilty of injury. In like manner there is a mild expression in the use of the word, was separated [departed], Phm 1:15; likewise Phm 1:18, but if-he oweth.-σοὶ καὶ ἐμοὶ, to thee and me) He courteously puts Philemon before himself. He treats of himself, Phm 1:13-14; of him, Phm 1:15-16. Chiasmus [see Append.]-εὔχρηστον, truly profitable) The allusion is to the name of Onesimus; so ὀναίμην, Phm 1:20. Not even does a servant do his duty without godliness. With godliness any man is profitable.-ἀνέπεμψα, I have sent back) Onesimus even before he had attained true profitableness, had however thought well of Paul, and fled to him on the occasion of his own crime.