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Self-sacrifice = advantaging others.

BibleGateway: 2 Samuel 19:31-39

ESV Text: 2 Samuel 19:31-39

KJV Text:

The section starts at about 5:17 and ends at about 6:55

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     31 And Barzillai the Gileadite came down from Rogelim, and went over Jordan with the king, to conduct him over Jordan. 32 Now Barzillai was a very aged man, even fourscore years old: and he had provided the king of sustenance while he lay at Mahanaim; for he was a very great man. 33 And the king said unto Barzillai, Come thou over with me, and I will feed thee with me in Jerusalem. 34 And Barzillai said unto the king, How long have I to live, that I should go up with the king unto Jerusalem? 35 I am this day fourscore years old: and can I discern between good and evil? can thy servant taste what I eat or what I drink? can I hear any more the voice of singing men and singing women? wherefore then should thy servant be yet a burden unto my lord the king? 36 Thy servant will go a little way over Jordan with the king: and why should the king recompense it me with such a reward? 37 Let thy servant, I pray thee, turn back again, that I may die in mine own city, and be buried by the grave of my father and of my mother. But behold thy servant Chimham; let him go over with my lord the king; and do to him what shall seem good unto thee. 38 And the king answered, Chimham shall go over with me, and I will do to him that which shall seem good unto thee: and whatsoever thou shalt require of me, that will I do for thee. 39 And all the people went over Jordan. And when the king was come over, the king kissed Barzillai, and blessed him; and he returned unto his own place.(KJV)

Hymn: TLH 410:
Jesus, Lead Thou On

— Organ Audio

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1. Jesus, lead Thou on 
Till our rest is won; 
And although the way be cheerless, 
We will follow calm and fearless. 
Guide us by Thy hand 
To our fatherland. 

2. If the way be drear, 
If the foe be near, 
Let not faithless fears o’ertake us; 
Let not faith and hope forsake us; 
For through many a woe 
To our home we go. 

3. When we seek relief 
From a long-felt grief; 
When temptations come alluring, 
Make us patient and enduring; 
Show us that bright shore 
Where we weep no more. 

4. Jesus, lead Thou on 
Till our rest is won. 
Heavenly Leader, still direct us, 
Still support, control, protect us, 
Till we safely stand 
In our fatherland.