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Vine's Expository Dictionary of NT Words

Profit, Profitable, Profiting

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A — 1: ὠφέλεια

(Strong's #5622 — Noun Feminine — opheleia — o-fel'-i-ah )

primarily denotes "assistance;" then, "advantage, benefit,;" "profit," in Romans 3:1 . See ADVANTAGE , No. 3.

A — 2: ὄφελος

(Strong's #3786 — Noun Neuter — ophelos — of'-el-os )

"profit" in James 2:14,16 : see ADVANTAGE , No. 2.

A — 3: συμφέρω

(Strong's #4851 — Verb — sumpheron — soom-fer'-o )

the neuter form of the present participle of sumphero (see B, No. 1), is used as a noun with the article in Hebrews 12:10 , "(for our) profit;" in some mss. in 1 Corinthians 7:35; 10:33 (see No. 4); in 1 Corinthians 12:7 , preceded by pros, "with a view to, towards," translated "to profit withal," lit., "towards the profiting."

A — 4: συμφέρω

(Strong's #4851 — Verb — sumphoros — soom-fer'-o )

akin to No. 3, an adjective, signifying "profitable, useful, expedient," is used as a noun, and found in the best texts, with the article, in 1 Corinthians 7:35 (see No. 3); 1 Corinthians 10:33 (1st part), the word being understood in the 2nd part.

A — 5: προκοπή

(Strong's #4297 — — prokope — prok-op-ay' )

translated "profiting" in 1 Timothy 4:15 , AV (RV, "progress"); see FURTHERANCE.

B — 1: συμφέρω

(Strong's #4851 — Verb — sumphero — soom-fer'-o )

"to be profitable," Matthew 5:29,30; Acts 20:20 : see EXPEDIENT.

B — 2: ὠφελέω

(Strong's #5623 — Verb — opheleo — o-fel-eh'-o )

akin to A, No. 1, is translated "to profit" in Matthew 15:5; 16:26; Mark 7:11; 8:36; Luke 9:25 , RV; John 6:63; Romans 2:25; 1 Corinthians 13:3; 14:6; Galatians 5:2; Hebrews 4:2; 13:9 . See ADVANTAGE , BETTERED , PREVAIL.

B — 3: προκόπτω

(Strong's #4298 — Verb — prokopto — prok-op'-to )

is translated "I profited" in Galatians 1:14 , AV. See ADVANCE.

C — 1: χρήσιμος

(Strong's #5539 — Adjective — chresimos — khray'-see-mos )

"useful" (akin to chraomai, "to use"), is translated as a noun in 2 Timothy 2:14 , "to (no) profit," lit., "to (nothing) profitable."

C — 2: εὔχρηστος

(Strong's #2173 — Adjective — euchrestos — yoo'-khrays-tos )

"useful, serviceable" (eu, "well," chrestos, "serviceable," akin to chroamai, see No. 1), is used in Philemon 1:11 , "profitable," in contrast to achrestos, "unprofitable" (a negative), with a delightful play upon the name "Onesimus," signifying "profitable" (from onesis, "profit"), a common name among slaves. Perhaps the prefix eu should have been brought out by some rendering like "very profitable," "very serviceable," the suggestion being that whereas the runaway slave had done great disservice to Philemon, now after his conversion, in devotedly serving the Apostle in his confinement, he had thereby already become particularly serviceable to Philemon himself, considering that the latter would have most willingly rendered service to Paul, had it been possible. Onesimus, who had belied his name, was now true to it on behalf of his erstwhile master, who also owed his conversion to the Apostle.

It is translated "meet for (the master's) use" in 2 Timothy 2:21; "useful" in 2 Timothy 4:11 , RV (AV, "profitable"). See USEFUL. In the Sept., Proverbs 31:13 .

C — 3: ὠφέλιμος

(Strong's #5624 — Adjective — ophelimos — o-fel'-ee-mos )

"useful, profitable" (akin to B. No. 2), is translated "profitable" in 1 Timothy 4:8 , both times in the RV (AV, "profiteth" in the 1st part), of physical exercise, and of godliness; in 2 Timothy 3:16 of the God-breathed Scriptures; in Titus 3:8 , of maintaining good works.

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Vines, W. E., M. A. Entry for 'Profit, Profitable, Profiting'. Vine's Expository Dictionary of NT Words. https://www.studylight.org/dictionaries/eng/ved/p/profit-profitable-profiting.html. 1940.

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