Cast away from you all your transgressions, whereby ye have transgressed and make you a new heart and a new spirit: for why will ye die, O house of Israel? 32 For I desire not the death of him that dieth, saith the Lord God: cause therefore one another to return, and live ye. 19:1 Thou also take up a lamentation for the princes of Israel, 2 And say, Wherefore lay thy mother as a lioness among the lions? she nourished her young ones among the lion’s whelps, 3 And she brought up one of her whelps, and it became a lion, and it learned to catch the prey, and it devoured men. 4 The nations also heard of him, and he was taken in their nets, and they brought him in chains unto the land of Egypt. 5 Now when she saw that she had waited, and her hope was lost, she took another of her whelps, and made him a lion. Ezekiel 18:31-19:5 (1599 Geneva Bible)
“Grant, Almighty God,
Since we are all so depraved by nature that we are not only most deserving of being cast into the midst of lions but are unworthy of being reckoned among Thy creatures,
that Thou mayest extend Thy hand to us and manifest Thy wonderful power in reforming us..
And may Thy image be so renewed in us that we may daily make more and more progress in true piety and righteousness, until at length all the corruptions of the flesh may be abolished, and we may be partakers of the eternal glory Thin only begotten Son has acquired for us. Amen” — John Calvin