Beauty and Bands
Calvin concluded a discourse on Beauty and Bands, at Zechariah 11:7, with this prayer:
Grant, Almighty God, that as thou hast hitherto so kindly showed Thyself to be our Shepherd, and even our Father, and hast carefully provided for our safety–O grant, that we may not by our ingratitude deprive ourselves of thy favors, so as to provoke thy extreme vengeance, but on the contrary suffer ourselves to be gently ruled by thee, and render thee due obedience: and as thine only-begotten Son has been by Thee set over us as our only true Shepherd, may we hear his voice, and willingly obey him, so that we may be able to triumph with thy Prophet, that thy staff is sufficient for us, so as to enable us to walk without fear through the valley of the shadow of death, until we shall at length reach that blessed and eternal rest, which has been obtained for us by the blood of thine only Son. Amen. From: Calvin’s Commentaries, Zechariah XI:7.