31 For no one is cast off by the Lord forever.

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32 Though he brings grief, he will show compassion, so great is his unfailing love.

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33 For he does not willingly bring affliction or grief to anyone.

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34 To crush underfoot all prisoners in the land,
35 to deny people their rights before the Most High,

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36 to deprive them of justice— would not the Lord see such things?

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37 Who can speak and have it happen if the Lord has not decreed it?

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38 Is it not from the mouth of the Most High that both calamities and good things come?

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39 Why should the living complain when punished for their sins?

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40 Let us examine our ways and test them, and let us return to the LORD.

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