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Muhammad Asad   
NOW AS FOR those who take aught beside Him for their protectors - God watches them, and thou art not responsible for their conduct
The Clear Quran, Dr. Mustafa Khattab   
As for those who take other protectors besides Him, Allah is Watchful over them. And you ˹O Prophet˺ are not a keeper over them.
Safi Kaskas   
As for those who take others than Him as protectors, God is in charge of them and you are not their keeper.

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Arabic   
‏وَٱلَّذِينَ ٱتَّخَذُوا۟ مِن دُونِهِۦٓ أَوْلِيَآءَ ٱللَّهُ حَفِيظٌ عَلَيْهِمْ وَمَآ أَنتَ عَلَيْهِم بِوَكِيلٍۢ ‎
Transliteration (2021)   
wa-alladhīna ittakhadhū min dūnihi awliyāa l-lahu ḥafīẓun ʿalayhim wamā anta ʿalayhim biwakīli
Word for Word
Dr. Shehnaz Shaikh, Ms. Kauser Katri, and more
  
And those who take from besides protectors, Allah (is) a Guardian over them, and not you (are) over them a manager.

Generally Accepted Translations of the Meaning
Muhammad Asad   
NOW AS FOR those who take aught beside Him for their protectors - God watches them, and thou art not responsible for their conduct
M. M. Pickthall   
And as for those who choose protecting friends beside Him, Allah is Warden over them, and thou art in no wise a guardian over them
Yusuf Ali (Saudi Rev. 1985)   
And those who take as protectors others besides Him,- Allah doth watch over them; and thou art not the disposer of their affairs
The Clear Quran, Dr. Mustafa Khattab   
As for those who take other protectors besides Him, Allah is Watchful over them. And you ˹O Prophet˺ are not a keeper over them.
Safi Kaskas   
As for those who take others than Him as protectors, God is in charge of them and you are not their keeper.
Wahiduddin Khan   
And [as for] those who take protectors besides Him, God is watching them and you are not a guardian over them
Shakir   
And (as for) those who take guardians besides Him, Allah watches over them, and you have not charge over them
Dr. Laleh Bakhtiar   
As for those who took to themselves other than Him as protectors, God is Guardian over them and thou art not a Trustee over them.
T.B.Irving   
Those whom they adopt as patrons instead of Him will still have God as an Overseer, while you are no agent [set up] over them.
Abdul Hye   
For those who take others as protectors besides Him, Allah is the protector over them and you (O Muhammad) are not a guardian over them.
The Study Quran   
As for those who take protectors apart from Him, God is Keeper over them, and thou art not a guardian over them
Dr. Kamal Omar   
And those who have adopted ‘auliya’ besides Him — Allah is Hafeez (Real Protector) over them; and you are not wakil (disposer of affairs) over them
Farook Malik   
Those who take others as their guardians besides Him, Allah Himself is watching them; and O Prophet, you are not the disposer of their affairs
Talal A. Itani (new translation)   
As for those who take masters other than Him: God is in charge of them, and you are not responsible for them
Muhammad Mahmoud Ghali   
And the ones who have taken to themselves patrons apart from Him, Allah is Ever-Preserver over them; and in no way are you a constant trustee over them
Muhammad Sarwar   
God is the guardian of even those who have chosen others (idols) besides Him as their guardians (Muhammad), you will not have to answer for them
Muhammad Taqi Usmani   
And those who have adopted patrons instead of Him, Allah is on watch against them, and you are not responsible for them
Shabbir Ahmed   
Now as for those who instead of Him take patrons, Allah is Watcher over them, and you are not a pleader on their behalf
Dr. Munir Munshey   
Allah is the Guard (and the Warden) over those who accept others besides Him as protectors. You are in no way responsible for them
Syed Vickar Ahamed   
And those who take as protectors others besides Him— Allah does watch over them, and you are not the one to decide their affairs
Umm Muhammad (Sahih International)   
And those who take as allies other than Him - Allah is [yet] Guardian over them; and you, [O Muhammad], are not over them a manager
[The Monotheist Group] (2011 Edition)   
And those who take allies besides Him, God is responsible for them; and you are not a guardian over them
Abdel Haleem   
As for those who take protectors other than Him, God is watching them; you are not responsible for them
Abdul Majid Daryabadi   
And those who take Patrons beside Him, Allah is Warden over them, and thou art not over them a trustee
Ahmed Ali   
Those who have taken protectors other than Him, are watched over by God. It is not for you to be their guardian
Aisha Bewley   
As for those who take others besides Him as protectors, Allah takes care of them. You are not set over them as a guardian.
Ali Ünal   
As for those who take for themselves others besides God for guardians and confidants, (to whom they entrust their affairs, thereby associating partners with Him): God is ever watchful over them, (preserving a record of their deeds). You are not a guardian over them (responsible for their conduct)
Ali Quli Qara'i   
As for those who have taken guardians besides Him, Allah is watchful over them, and it is not your duty to watch over them
Hamid S. Aziz   
And as for those who take guardians besides Him, Allah watches over them, and you are not in charge over them
Ali Bakhtiari Nejad   
And those who took protectors (and supporters) other than Him, God is guarding over them, and you are not their advocate
A.L. Bilal Muhammad et al (2018)   
And those who take as protectors others besides Him, God watches over them, and you are not the manager of their affairs
Musharraf Hussain   
Those who have taken lords beside Allah know that He watches over them; you aren’t their keeper
Maududi   
Those who have taken others than Him as their protectors beside Him, it is Allah Who oversees them; you are no guardian over them
[The Monotheist Group] (2013 Edition)   
And those who take allies besides Him, God is responsible for them; and you are not a guardian over them
Mohammad Shafi   
And those that take awliya other than Allah, He is watching them; and you (Prophet) are not a manager/dispenser of their affairs

Controversial or status undetermined works
Ahmed Raza Khan (Barelvi)   
And those who have taken others as patrons beside Allah, they are under the sight of Allah and you are not responsible for them
Rashad Khalifa   
Those who set up other lords beside Him, GOD is the One in charge of them; you are not their advocate.
Hasan Al-Fatih Qaribullah   
As for those who take guardians for themselves, other than Him, Allah is the Warden over them. You are not a guardian over them
Maulana Muhammad Ali   
And those who take protectors besides Him -- Allah watches over them; and thou hast not charge over them
Muhammad Ahmed - Samira   
And those who took from other than Him guardians/allies , God (is an) observer on them, and you are not on them with a guardian/protector
Bijan Moeinian   
Those who choose other than God as their Lord, God holds them responsible for their wrongdoings and you (Mohammad) are not responsible for their behavior
Faridul Haque   
And Allah is watching those who have chosen supporters besides Him; and you are not responsible for them
Sher Ali   
And as for those who take for themselves protectors beside HIM- ALLAH watches over them, and thou art not a guardian over them
Dr. Mohammad Tahir-ul-Qadri   
And those who have taken idols instead of Allah as their protectors and guardians, Allah is Ever-Watchful over their (affairs). And you are not responsible for them (the disbelievers)
Amatul Rahman Omar   
As for those who have taken to themselves patrons apart from Him, Allah is watchful over them and goes on keeping the record of the deeds (which serve as a proof) against them. And you are in no way responsible of their affairs
Muhsin Khan & Muhammad al-Hilali   
And as for those who take as Auliya (guardians, supporters, helpers, protectors, etc.) others besides Him (i.e. they take false deities other than Allah (as) protectors, and they worship them) Allah is Hafeez (Protector) over them (i.e. takes care of their deeds and will recompense them), and you (O Muhammad SAW) are not a Wakeel (guardian or a disposer of their affairs) over them (to protect their deeds, etc.)

Non-Muslim and/or Orientalist works
Arthur John Arberry   
And those who have taken to them protectors apart from Him -- God is Warden over them; thou art not a guardian over them
George Sale   
But as to those who take other gods for their patrons, besides Him, God observeth their actions: For thou art not a steward over them
Edward Henry Palmer   
but those who take beside Him patrons, God watches over them, and thou hast not charge over them
John Medows Rodwell   
But whose take aught beside Him as lords - God watcheth them! but thou hast them not in thy charge
N J Dawood (2014)   
As for those that serve other masters besides Him, God Himself is watching them; you are not their keeper

New, Partial, or In Progress Translations
Linda “iLHam” Barto   
As for those who rely on protectors other than Him, Allah watches over them. It’s not up to you to be responsible for them.
Irving & Mohamed Hegab   
Those whom they adopt as patrons instead of Him will still have Allah (God) as an Overseer, while you are no agent [set up] over them.
Ahmed Hulusi   
Those who have taken friends besides Him, Allah observes them... You are not responsible for their actions.
Mir Aneesuddin   
And those who take guardians besides Him, Allah is the Custodian over them and you are not a trustee over them.
Al-muntakhab fi tafsir al-Qur'an al-Karim   
And those who chose to be under the tutelage of others besides Allah, shall He keep them in view. He watches over innocence and folly. You Muhammad are not entrusted to their care nor are you responsible for their ordinary pursuits of life

Obsolete and/or older editions
Yusuf Ali (Orig. 1938)   
And those who take as protectors others besides Him,- God doth watch over them; and thou art not the disposer of their affairs
OLD Literal Word for Word   
And those who take besides protectors, Allah (is) a Guardian over them, and not you (are) over them a manager