Unprofitable, Unprofitableness - Vine's Expository Dictionary of New Testament Words

Unprofitable, Unprofitableness

[ A-1,Adjective,G888, achreios ]
unless (chreia, "use"), "unprofitable," occurs in Matthew 25:30; Luke 17:10. In the Sept., 2 Samuel 6:22.

[ A-2,Adjective,G890, achrestos ]
"unprofitable, unserviceable" (chrestos, "serviceable"), is said of Onesimus, Philemon 1:11, antithetically to euchrestos, "profitable," with a play on the name of the converted slave (from onesis, "profit").

Note: Achreios is more distinctly negative than achrestos, which suggests positively hurtful.

[ A-3,Adjective,G255, alusiteles ]
"not advantageous, not making good the expense involved" (lusiteles, "useful"), occurs in Hebrews 13:17.

[ A-4,Adjective,G512, anopheles ]
"not beneficial or serviceable" (a, negative, n, euphonic, opheleo, "to do good, to benefit"), is rendered "unprofitable" in Titus 3:9; in the neuter, used as a noun, "unprofitableness," Hebrews 7:18, said of the Law as not accomplishing that which the "better hope" could alone bring. In the Sept., Proverbs 28:3; Isaiah 44:10; Jeremiah 2:8.

[ B-1,Verb,889,achreoo / achreioo ] akin to A, No. 1, "to make useless," occurs in Romans 3:12, in the Passive Voice, rendered "they have ... become unprofitable."

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