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47:1  God will render of none effect the works of those who believe not, and who turn away men from the way of God
47:2  But as to those who believe, and work righteousness, and believe in the revelation which hath been sent down unto Mohammed, -- for it is the truth from their Lord, -- He will expiate their evil deeds from them, and will dispose their heart aright
47:3  This will He do, because those who believe not follow vanity, and because those who believe follow the truth from their Lord. Thus God propoundeth unto men their examples
47:4  When ye encounter the unbelievers, strike off their heads, until ye have made a great slaughter among them; and bind them in bonds: And either give them a free dismission afterwards, or exact a ransom; until the war shall have laid down its arms. This shall ye do: Verily if God pleased, He could take vengeance on them, without your assistance; but He commandeth you to fight his battles, that He may prove the one of you by the other. And as to those who fight in defence of God's true religion, God will not suffer their works to perish
47:5  He will guide them, and will dispose their heart aright
47:6  and He will lead them into paradise, of which He hath told them
47:7  O true believers, if ye assist God, by fighting for his religion, He will assist you against your enemies; and will set your feet fast
47:8  But as for the infidels, let them perish; and their works shall God render vain
47:9  This shall befall them, because they have rejected with abhorrence that which God hath revealed: Wherefore their works shall become of no avail
47:10  Do they not travel through the earth, and see what hath been the end of those who were before them? God utterly destroyed them: And the like catastrophe awaiteth the unbelievers
47:11  This shall come to pass, for that God is the patron of the true believers, and for that the infidels have no protector
47:12  Verily God will introduce those who believe, and do good works, into gardens beneath which rivers flow: But the unbelievers indulge themselves in pleasures, and eat as beasts eat; and their abode shall be hell fire
47:13  How many cities were more mighty in strength than thy city which hath expelled thee; yet have We destroyed them, and there was none to help them
47:14  Shall he, therefore, who followeth the plain declaration of his Lord, be as he whose evil works have been dressed up for him by the devil; and who follow their own lusts
47:15  The description of paradise, which is promised unto the pious: Therein are rivers of incorruptible water; and rivers of milk, the taste whereof changeth not; and rivers of wine, pleasant unto those who drink; and rivers of clarified honey: And therein shall they have plenty of all kinds of fruits; and pardon from their Lord. Shall the man for whom these things are prepared, be as he who must dwell for ever in hell fire; and will have the boiling water given them to drink, which shall burst their bowels
47:16  Of the unbelievers there are some who give ear unto thee, until, when they go out from thee, they say, by way of derision, unto those to whom knowledge hath been given, what hath he said now? These are they whose hearts God hath sealed up, and who follow their own lusts
47:17  But as to those who are directed, God will grant them a more ample direction, and He will instruct them what to avoid
47:18  Do the infidels wait for any other than the last hour, that it may come upon them suddenly? Some signs thereof are already come: And when it shall actually overtake them, how can they then receive admonition
47:19  Know, therefore, that there is no god but God: And ask pardon for thy sin, and for the true believers both men and women. God knoweth your busy employment in the world, and the place of your abode hereafter
47:20  The true believers say, hath not a sura been revealed commanding war against the infidels? But when a sura without any ambiguity is revealed, and war is mentioned therein, thou mayest see those in whose hearts is an infirmity, look towards thee with the look of one whom death overshadoweth
47:21  But obedience would be more eligible for them, and to speak that which is convenient. And when the command is firmly established, if they give credit unto God, it will be better for them
47:22  Were ye ready therefore, if ye had been put in authority, to commit outrages in the earth, and to violate your ties of blood
47:23  These are they whom God hath cursed, and hath rendered deaf, and whose eyes He hath blinded
47:24  Do they not therefore attentively meditate on the Koran? Are there locks upon their hearts
47:25  Verily they who turn their backs, after the true direction is made manifest unto them; Satan shall prepare their wickedness for them, and God shall bear with them for a time
47:26  This shall befall them, because they say privately unto those who detest what God hath revealed, we will obey you in part of the matter. But God knoweth their secrets
47:27  How therefore will it be with them, when the angels shall cause them to die, and shall strike their faces, and their backs
47:28  This shall they suffer, because they follow that which provoketh God to wrath, and are averse to what is well pleasing unto Him: And He will render their works vain
47:29  Do they in whose hearts is an infirmity, imagine that God will not bring their malice to light
47:30  If We pleased, We could surely shew them unto thee, and thou shouldest know them by their marks; but thou shalt certainly know them by their perverse pronunciation of their words. God knoweth your actions
47:31  And We will try you, until We know those among you who fight valiantly, and who persevere with constancy; and We will try the reports of your behaviour
47:32  Verily those who believe not, and turn away men from the way of God, and make opposition against the apostle, after the divine direction hath been manifested unto them, shall not hurt God at all; but He shall make their works to perish
47:33  O true believers, obey God; and obey the apostle: And render not your works of no effect
47:34  Verily those who believe not, and who turn away men from the way of God, and then die, being unbelievers, God will by no means forgive
47:35  Faint not therefore, neither invite your enemies to peace, while ye are the superior: For God is with you, and will not defraud you of the merit of your works
47:36  Verily this present life is only a play and a vain amusement: But if ye believe, and fear God, He will give you your rewards. He doth not require of you your whole substance
47:37  If He should require the whole of you, and earnestly press you, ye would become niggardly, and it would raise your hatred against his apostle
47:38  Behold, ye are those who are invited to expend part of your substance for the support of God's true religion; and there are some of you who are niggardly. But whoever shall be niggardly, shall be niggardly towards his own soul: For God wanteth nothing, but ye are needy: And if ye turn back, He will substitute another people in your stead, who shall not be like unto you