Has God forgotten to be gracious? has he in anger shut up his tender mercies? Selah.
Let us rest assured of this, that the roughest of God's proceedings do not always issue from an angry intention: it is very possible, because very usual, that they may proceed from the clean contrary. The same clouds which God made use of heretofore to drown the earth, He employs now to refresh it. He may use the same means to correct and to better some that He does to plague and punish others. The same hand and hatchet that cuts some trees for the fire may cut others into growth, verdure, and fertility.
(R. South, D. D.)
Parallel VersesKJV: Hath God forgotten to be gracious? hath he in anger shut up his tender mercies? Selah.