Generally Accepted Translations of the Meaning
And [this retribution will befall all evildoers because] they devise that false imagery of theirs - and all their false imagery is within God's knowledge. [And never can the blasphemers prevail against the truth - not] even if their false imagery were so (well devised and so powerful] that mountains could be moved thereby
M. M. Pickthall
Verily they have plotted their plot, and their plot is with Allah, though their plot were one whereby the mountains should be moved
Yusuf Ali (Saudi Rev. 1985)
Mighty indeed were the plots which they made, but their plots were (well) within the sight of Allah, even though they were such as to shake the hills
The Clear Quran, Dr. Mustafa Khattab
They devised every plot, which was fully known to Allah, but their plotting was not enough to ˹even˺ overpower mountains ˹let alone Allah˺.
They planned their schemes, but God was aware of their scheming, even when their schemes were such as to make mountains vanish.
They hatched their plots; but these plots were all within God's knowledge. Though their plots were such as to shake the mountains, God will bring their plots to nothing
And they have indeed planned their plan, but their plan is with Allah, though their plan was such that the mountains should pass away thereby
Dr. Laleh Bakhtiar
And, surely, they planned their plan and their plan
was with God, even if their plan had been to displace mountains.
They hatched their plot while God held up their plot, even though their plan had been to transport the mountains by means of it!
Indeed, they planned their plot, but their plots were within the sight of Allah, even though their plot was such that it could move the mountains.
The Study Quran
And they devised their plot, but their plot lies with God, though their plotting be such as to move mountains
Dr. Kamal Omar
And indeed, they made their designs and, in surveillance of Allah are their designs (and plottings) and even though their stratagem (and mischievous plan be) that the mountains may shift (from their places) under (effect of) that
M. Farook Malik
They hatched their plots but their plots were well within the sight of Allah, even though these were such which could move mountains
Talal A. Itani (new translation)
They planned their plans, but their plans are known to God, even if their plans can eliminate mountains
Muhammad Mahmoud Ghali
And they readily schemed their scheming, and their scheming is in the Providence of Allah, and decidedly their scheming was such that thereby mountains should be removed
They devised evil plans which were so sinful that even the mountains could not endure them. All these were known to God
Muhammad Taqi Usmani
And they worked out their plot and whatever they plot is before Allah, even though their plot is such as would move the mountains
Their schemes, all recorded with Allah, were strong enough to intimidate the strongest of resolves. But, since their schemes were pitched against the Divine Laws, they utterly failed
Dr. Munir Munshey
They played their tricks! But Allah had an answer to all their tricks. Their tricks were so effective. Mountains could vanish by their tricks
Syed Vickar Ahamed
Truly powerful were the plans they made, and their plans were plainly visible to Allah, though they were not (even) plotting to remove the mountains from their places
Umm Muhammad (Sahih International)
And they had planned their plan, but with Allah is [recorded] their plan, even if their plan had been [sufficient] to do away with the mountains
[The Monotheist Group] (2011 Edition)
And they schemed their scheming, and their scheming is known to God; and their scheming was enough to make the mountains cease to exist
They made their plots, but, even if their plots had been able to move mountains, God had the answer
Abdul Majid Daryabadi
And of a surety theys Plotted their plot, and with Allah was their plot, though their plot was such as to remove thereby mountains
Still they are plotting their plots, but evident are their plots to God, even though they are so adroit as to make the mountains move
They concocted their plots, but their plots were with Allah, even if they were such as to make the mountains vanish.
They schemed their schemes, but their schemes were in God’s disposition (entirely encompassed by His Knowledge and Power), even though their schemes were such as to shock mountains
Ali Quli Qara'i
They certainly devised their schemes, but their schemes are known to Allah, and their schemes are not such as to dislodge the mountains
Hamid S. Aziz
But they plotted mighty stratagems, but their stratagem were within Allah´s sight, although their stratagem were mountain-shaking
Ali Bakhtiari Nejad
And they have plotted their plot, and their plot was with God (He was aware of them), even if their plot was to wipe out the mountains by it (it would not be of any use against God’s power).
A.L. Bilal Muhammad et al (2018)
Mighty indeed were the plots which they hatched, but their plots were within the Sight of God, even though they were enough to shake the hills
They hatched a plot and Allah
knew their plots, their plots could move the mountains, they couldn’t thwart Allah’s plan.
Indeed the unbelievers contrived their plan, but it is in Allah´s power to nullify their plan, even though their plans were such that would move even mountains
[The Monotheist Group] (2013 Edition)
Andthey schemed their scheming, and their scheming is known to God; and their scheming was enough to make the mountains cease to exist
And they did plan their plan. But their plan is with Allah, though their plan was such that the mountains could come down thereby
Controversial or status undetermined works
Ahmed Raza Khan (Barelvi)
And verily they devise their plans and their plans are under the control of Allah and their planning was not such as to remove these mountains.
They schemed their schemes, and GOD is fully aware of their schemes. Indeed, their schemes were sufficient to erase mountains.
Hasan Al-Fatih Qaribullah
They plotted their plots, but their plots are (known) to Allah, even though their plots were such as to move mountains
Maulana Muhammad Ali
And they had indeed planned their plan, and their plan is with Allah, though their plan is such that the mountains should be moved thereby
Muhammad Ahmed & Samira
And they had cheated/deceived/schemed their cheatery/deceit/schemes, and at God (is) their cheatery/deceit/schemes, and if their cheating/deceit/schemes (was to make) the mountains vanish/terminate (E) from it
The disbelievers had recourse to the most evil plans; the plans that could have moved the mountains. What they did not know was that God was aware of their plans
And indeed they carried out their scheme, and their scheming is within Allah’s control; and their scheme was not such that could move these mountains *. (* The revelations / signs of Allah.
And they have tried all their designs; but their designs are with ALLAH. And even though their designs be such as to make the mountains move, they will not succeed
Dr. Mohammad Tahir-ul-Qadri
And (having lost their balance, intoxicated by wealth and power,) they hatched many plots, whilst Allah had the countermeasures to foil all their plots, although their deceitful strategies were sufficient even to uproot the mountains
Amatul Rahman Omar
They have (already) hatched their plots. But even though they have plots that can move mountains, Allah has power over (rendering) their plots (ineffective)
Muhsin Khan & Muhammad al-Hilali
Indeed, they planned their plot, and their plot was with Allah, though their plot was a great (one, still) it would never be able to remove the mountains (real mountains or the Islamic law) from their places (as it is of no importance) (Tafsir Ibn Kathir, Vol. 2, Page 597). (It is said by some interpreters regarding this Verse that the Quraish pagans plotted against Prophet Muhammad SAW to kill him but they failed and were unable to carry out their plot which they plotted)
New, Partial, or In Progress Translations
They hatched a plot ( to murder the ‘Prophet’), but all their crafty scheme is within the knowledge of Allâh, even if their crafty scheme was such that the mountains could be moved thereby.
Linda “iLHam” Barto
They devised their schemes, but their plots were known to Allah, even if their plans could have moved mountains.
Fadel Soliman, Bridges‘ Translation
And very truly they had schemed their scheming, yet their scheming is known to Allah, even though their scheming was enough to remove mountains.
Irving & Mohamed Hegab
They hatched their plot while Allah (God) held up their plot, even though their plan had not been able to transport the mountains by means of it!
They devised their plots, but their plots are all within God's grasp, even though their plots are so powerful as to move mountains.
Indeed, they planned a trap, but their trap is with Allah (they cannot escape its consequence)! (What good is it) even if their trap (scheme/plot) could move mountains!
Sayyed Abbas Sadr-Ameli
And indeed they have devised their devising, and their devising is with Allah, though their devising were such as to remove the mountains thereby.
Al-muntakhab fi tafsir al-Qur‘an al-Karim
Yet, with cleverness in circumventing, they -the Meccan infidels- had recourse to stratagem, but all their cunning they take for a sinister and crooked wisdom comes to Allah's knowledge, notwithstanding that their breastplate of cunning is overreaching that it moves mountains
And they had planned their plan, and their plan is with Allah, and if their plan was implemented (it would have been sufficient) for moving away mountains thereby.