Generally Accepted Translations of the Meaning
But [ere this], indeed, We had tried Solomon by placing upon his throne a [lifeless] body; and thereupon he turned [towards Us; and]
M. M. Pickthall
And verily We tried Solomon, and set upon his throne a (mere) body. Then did he repent
Yusuf Ali (Saudi Rev. 1985)
And We did try Solomon: We placed on his throne a body (without life); but he did turn (to Us in true devotion)
The Clear Quran, Dr. Mustafa Khattab
And indeed, We tested Solomon, placing a ˹deformed˺ body on his throne, then he turned ˹to Allah in repentance˺.
But [previously], We had indeed tested Solomon [by] placing a lifeless body on his throne, he then turned toward us
We tried Solomon by placing upon his throne a [lifeless] body; and thereupon he turned towards Us]
And certainly We tried Sulaiman, and We put on his throne a (mere) body, so he turned (to Allah)
Dr. Laleh Bakhtiar
And, certainly, We tried Solomon. We cast a lifeless body on his seat. Again, he was penitent.
We tested Solomon and dropped a[nother] body on his seat; then he repented.
And indeed, We did test Solomon and We placed on his throne a body (a devil, so he lost his kingdom for a while), then he did return (to Allah with repentance, and to his throne by the Grace of Allah).
The Study Quran
And We did indeed try Solomon, and We cast a corpse upon his throne. He then repented
Dr. Kamal Omar
And surely, indeed We put Sulaiman to test when We dropped on his chair
Jasadan [a mere body (Sulaiman probably felt a sudden disappearance of physical power in his body and while trying to sit, he fell on the chair in semi-paralysed fashion. This could be to make him remind that all power, whether of the physical body or as head of a magnificent empire, proceeds from Allah,)] then (instead of blaming Allah) he turned (to Allah for forgiveness and mercy)
M. Farook Malik
Behold, We also put Solomon to test and placed a mere body on his throne, then he turned to Us in repentance
Talal A. Itani (new translation)
We tested Solomon, and placed a body on his throne; then he repented
Muhammad Mahmoud Ghali
And indeed We already tempted Sulayman, (Solomon) and We cast upon his chair a corporeal (form); thereafter he turned penitent
We tested Solomon by (causing death to his son) and leaving his body on Solomon's chair. Then he turned to Us in repentance
Muhammad Taqi Usmani
And indeed We tested Sulaiman while We threw on his throne a body after which he turned (to Us)
(That was Solomon and) We indeed tried him, and set upon his throne a mere body, and thereupon he turned to Us. (His son, the crown prince Rehoboam was just a hopeless presence (34:14). Until that point in history, the Kingdom of Israel was inherited among the generations of Prophet Jacob)
Dr. Munir Munshey
We certainly put Sulaiman through a test. We raised (his heir) to the throne to be just a figure _ just a body (inept and incompetent). Then He repented and turned back (from his desire to bequeath the throne to one of his own descendants)
Syed Vickar Ahamed
And, indeed We did try Sulaiman (Solomon): We placed a body (without life) on his throne: (Like giving him power without giving him a soul) but he turned (to Us in true devotion)
Umm Muhammad (Sahih International)
And We certainly tried Solomon and placed on his throne a body; then he returned
[The Monotheist Group] (2011 Edition)
And We tested Solomon and placed a corpse on his throne, but he then repented
We certainly tested Solomon, reducing him to a mere skeleton on his throne
Abdul Majid Daryabadi
And assuredly We tried Sulaiman, and set upon his throne a mere body. Thereafter he was penitent
We surely tried Solomon, and placed another body on his throne. So he turned to Go
We tested Sulayman and placed a lifeless body on his throne. Then he made tawba.
Indeed, We tried Solomon and placed a lifeless body upon his throne. Afterwards, he turned (to God) in contrition
Ali Quli Qara'i
Certainly We tried Solomon, and cast a [lifeless] body on his throne. Thereupon he was penitent
Hamid S. Aziz
And certainly We tried Solomon, and We put on his throne a mere (soulless) body; then did he repent
Ali Bakhtiari Nejad
And We certainly tested Solomon by throwing a (dead) body on his chair, then he repented.
A.L. Bilal Muhammad et al (2018)
And We tried Solomon. We placed on his throne a body, but he turned to Us
We tested Sulayman with an illness, so he became thin as a skeleton sat on his throne, then turned devoutly to Us.
Surely We put Solomon to the test and cast upon his throne a mere body. Thereupon he penitently turned (to Us)
[The Monotheist Group] (2013 Edition)
And We tested Solomon and placed a corpse upon his throne, but he then repented
And We did certainly put Solomon on trial by placing upon his throne a [lifeless] body; and thereupon he turned in repentance to Us
Controversial or status undetermined works
Ahmed Raza Khan (Barelvi)
And undoubtedly, We tested Sulaiman and placed on his throne a lifeless body, then he turned repented.
We thus put Solomon to the test; we blessed him with vast material wealth, but he steadfastly submitted.
Hasan Al-Fatih Qaribullah
Indeed, We tried Solomon and placed a body (of a child) upon his throne, then he repented
Maulana Muhammad Ali
And certainly we tried Solomon, and We put on his throne a (mere) body, so he turned (to Allah)
Muhammad Ahmed & Samira
And We had (E) tested/charmed Soliman and We threw on his throne/seat a body then he repented
This is the way that I put Solomon to test; [unlike Job being tested with poverty] with vast material wealth [and he did not forget God’s regular worshipping while being extremely wealthy from any point of view.] I put a mere body on his throne [probably reference to an out of body experience.]
And We indeed tested Sulaiman, and placed a dead body on his throne – he therefore inclined towards His Lord
Certainly, WE tried Solomon and WE placed on his throne a mere body. Then he turned to God, seeking his mercy
Dr. Mohammad Tahir-ul-Qadri
And indeed, We (also) put Sulayman (Solomon) to trial, and placed an (unusually created) body on his throne. Then he regained (the rule)
Amatul Rahman Omar
Behold! We tried Solomon (too) and We placed on his throne (of kingdom) a (mere) body (without any spirit or faith). Then he turned (to God seeking His mercy)
Muhsin Khan & Muhammad al-Hilali
And, indeed We did try Sulaiman (Solomon) and We placed on his throne Jasadan (a devil, so he lost his kingdom for a while) but he did return (to his throne and kingdom by the Grace of Allah and he did return) to Allah with obedience and in repentance
New, Partial, or In Progress Translations
We certainly tried ‘Solomon’, and We cast upon his throne a mere body. Thus, he (rushed and) turned unto Us in repentance.
Linda “iLHam” Barto
We tested Solomon. We placed a [thoughtless] body on his throne, and he did turn [to Us].
Fadel Soliman, Bridges‘ Translation
And surely, We tested Solomon and cast a body on his throne, then he turned penitent.
Irving & Mohamed Hegab
We tested Solomon and dropped a[nother] body on his seat; then he repented.
We had tried Solomon, and placed a body on his throne. He then turned to Us,
Indeed, We tried Solomon and placed a lifeless body on his throne (an heir with no faith)... Then he turned in repentance.
Sayyed Abbas Sadr-Ameli
And certainly We did try Solomon, and We cast on his throne a (mere) body; then he repented.
Al-muntakhab fi tafsir al-Qur‘an al-Karim
We decided to try Sulayman like We tried the other Messengers and test his true inclination worldly and spiritually, We seated a phantom on his throne. No sooner did it come to his mind that he was tried than he in lowliest plight repentant stood
And We indeed tried Sulaiman and We put on his throne a body, then he turned (to Allah).