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38:1  S. By the Qur'an with its reminder
38:2  nay, but those who misbelieve are in pride, schism
38:3  How many a generation have we destroyed before them, and they cried out, but it was no time to escape
38:4  And they wonder that a warner has come from amongst themselves, and the misbelievers say, 'This is a magician, a liar!
38:5  What! does he make the gods to be one God? verily, this is a wondrous thing
38:6  And the chiefs of them went away: 'Go on and persevere in your gods; this is a thing designed
38:7  we never heard this in any other sect; this is nothing but a fiction
38:8  Has a reminder come down upon him from amongst us?' nay, they are in doubt concerning my reminder; nay, they have not yet tasted of my torment
38:9  Have they the treasures of the mercy of thy mighty Lord, the giver
38:10  or have they the kingdom of the heavens and of the earth, and what is between the two?- then let them climb tip the ropes thereof
38:11  Any host whatever of the confederates shall there be routed
38:12  Before them did Noah's people, and 'Ad, and Pharaoh of the stakes call the apostles liars
38:13  and Thamud and the people of Lot, and the fellows of the Grove, they were the confederates too
38:14  They all did naught but call the apostles liars, and just was the punishment
38:15  Do these await aught else but one noise for which there shall be no pause
38:16  But they say, 'O our Lord, hasten for us our share before the day of reckoning!
38:17  Be patient of what they say, and remember our servant David endowed with might; verily, he turned frequently to us
38:18  Verily, we subjected the mountains to celebrate with him our praises at the evening and the dawn
38:19  and the birds too gathered together, each one would oft return to him
38:20  and we strengthened his kingdom, and we gave him wisdom and decisive address
38:21  Has there come to thee the story of the antagonists when they scaled the chamber wall
38:22  when they entered in unto David, and he was startled at them, they said, 'Fear not, we are two antagonists; one of us has injured the other; judge then between us with the truth and be not partial, but guide us to a level way
38:23  Verily, this is my brother: be had ninety-nine ewes and I had one ewe; and he said, "Give her over to my charge;" and he overcame me in the discourse.
38:24  Said he, 'He wronged thee in asking for thy ewe in addition to his own ewes. Verily, many associates do injure one another, except those who believe and do what is right, and very few are they!' And he thought that we were trying him; and he asked pardon of his Lord and fell down bowing, and did turn
38:25  and we pardoned him; for, verily, he has a near approach to us and an excellent resort
38:26  O David! verily, we have made thee a vicegerent, judge then between men with truth and follow not lust, for it will lead thee astray from the path of god. Verily, those who go astray from the path of God, for them is keen torment, for that they did forget the day of reckoning
38:27  And we have not created the heavens and the earth, and what is between the two, in vain. That is what those who misbelieved did think, but woe from the fire to those who misbelieve
38:28  Shall we make those who believe and do right like those who do evil in the earth? or shall we make the pious like the sinners
38:29  A blessed Book which we have sent down to thee that they may consider its verses, and that those endowed with minds may be mindful
38:30  And we gave to David, Solomon, an excellent servant; verily, he turned frequently to us
38:31  When there were set before him in the evening the steeds that paw the ground
38:32  and he said, 'Verily, I have loved the love of good things better than the remembrance of my Lord, until (the sun) was hidden behind the veil
38:33  bring them back to me;' and he began to sever their legs and necks
38:34  And we did try Solomon, and we threw upon his throne a form; then he turned repentant
38:35  Said he, 'My Lord, pardon me and grant me a kingdom that is not seemly for any one after me; verily, thou art He who grants!
38:36  And we subjected to him the wind to run on at his bidding gently wherever he directed it
38:37  and the devils - every builder and diver
38:38  and others bound in fetters
38:39  'this is our gift, so be thou lavish or withhold without account!
38:40  And, verily, he had with us a near approach, and a good resort
38:41  And remember our servant Job when he called upon his Lord that 'the devil has touched me with toil and torment!
38:42  'Stamp with thy foot, this is a cool washing-place and a drink.
38:43  And we granted him his family, and the like of them with them, as a mercy from us and a reminder to those endowed with minds,
38:44  'and take in thy hand a bundle, and strike therewith, and break not thy oath!' Verily, we found him patient, an excellent servant; verily, he turned frequently to us
38:45  And remember our servants Abraham and Isaac and Jacob, endowed with might and sight
38:46  verily, we made them sincere by a sincere quality - the remembrance of the abode
38:47  and, verily, they were with us of the elect, the best
38:48  And remember Ishmael and Elisha and Dhu-l-kifl, for each was of the righteous
38:49  This is a reminder! verily, for the pious is there an excellent resort,
38:50  gardens of Eden with the doors open to them;
38:51  reclining therein; calling therein for much fruit and drink
38:52  and beside them maids of modest glance, of their own age,
38:53  'This is what ye were promised for the day of reckoning!'
38:54  'This is surely our provision, it is never spent!
38:55  This!- and, verily, for the rebellious is there an evil resort,
38:56  hell; they shall broil therein, and an ill couch shall it be
38:57  This,- so let them taste it!- hot water, and pus
38:58  and other kinds of the same sort
38:59  'This is an army plunged in with you! there is no welcome for them! verily, they are going to broil in the fire!
38:60  They shall say, 'Nay, for you too is there no welcome! it was ye who prepared it beforehand for us, and an ill resting-place it is!
38:61  They shall say, 'Our Lord! whoso prepared this beforehand for us, give him double torment in the fire!
38:62  And they shall say, 'What ails us that we do not see men whom we used to think amongst the wicked
38:63  whom we used to take for mockery? have our eyes escaped them?
38:64  Verily, that is the truth; the contention of the people of the fire
38:65  Say, 'I am only a warner; and there is no god but God, the one, the victorious
38:66  the Lord of the heavens and the earth, and what is between the two, the mighty, the forgiving!
38:67  Say, 'It is a grand story
38:68  and yet ye turn from it!
38:69  I had no knowledge of the exalted chiefs when they contended
38:70  I am only inspired that I am a plain warner
38:71  When thy Lord said to the angels, 'Verily, I am about to create a mortal out of clay
38:72  and when I have fashioned him, and breathed into him of my spirit, then fall ye down before him adoring.
38:73  And the angels adored all of them
38:74  save Iblis, who was too big with pride, and was of the misbelievers
38:75  Said He, 'O Iblis! what prevents thee from adoring what I have created with my two hands? art thou too big with pride? or art thou amongst the exalted?
38:76  Said he, 'I am better than he, Thou hast created me from fire, and him Thou hast created from clay.
38:77  Said He, 'Then go forth therefrom, for, Verily, thou art pelted
38:78  and, verily, upon thee is my curse unto the day of judgment.
38:79  Said be, 'My Lord! then respite me until the day when they are raised.
38:80  Said He, 'Then thou art amongst the respite
38:81  until the day of the stated time.
38:82  Said he, 'Then, by Thy might! I will surely seduce them all together
38:83  except Thy servants amongst them who are sincere!
38:84  Said He, 'It is the truth, and the truth I speak
38:85  I will surely fill hell with thee and with those who follow thee amongst them all together.
38:86  Say, 'I do not ask thee for it any hire, nor am I of those who take too much upon myself
38:87  It is but a reminder to the servants
38:88  and ye shall surely know its story after a time.