Generally Accepted Translations of the Meaning
And, indeed, [even] before thy time have apostles been derided - but those who scoffed at them were [in the end] overwhelmed by the very thing which they were wont to deride
M. M. Pickthall
Messengers (of Allah) have been derided before thee, but that whereat they scoffed surrounded such of them as did deride
Yusuf Ali (Saudi Rev. 1985)
Mocked were (many) messengers before thee; but their scoffers were hemmed in by the thing that they mocked
The Clear Quran, Dr. Mustafa Khattab
˹Other˺ messengers had already been ridiculed before you ˹O Prophet˺, but those who mocked them were overtaken by what they used to ridicule.
Messengers have been ridiculed before you, but those who mocked them were overwhelmed by the very punishment they mocked.
Messengers have been mocked before you, but those who scoffed were overtaken by the very thing they scoffed at
And certainly messengers before you were mocked at, but that which they mocked at encompassed the scoffers among them
Dr. Laleh Bakhtiar
And, certainly, Messengers were ridiculed before thee. So those who derided them were surrounded by what they had been ridiculing.
Messengers have been scoffed at before you, till whatever they were ridiculing swept in around those who had been doing the scoffing.
Indeed Messengers were mocked before you (O Muhammad), but those who ridiculed were surrounded by them the very thing what they were mocking at it.
The Study Quran
Messengers have surely been mocked before thee. Then those who scoffed at them were beset by that which they used to mock
Dr. Kamal Omar
And indeed mockery was committed with the Messengers before you, so covered those, who scoffed amongst them, the very thing with which they had been indulging in ridicule
M. Farook Malik
O Muhammad! many Messengers before you were also ridiculed, but in the long run those who ridiculed were hemmed in by the very thing they were ridiculing
Talal A. Itani (new translation)
Messengers before you were ridiculed, but those who mocked them became besieged by what they ridiculed
Muhammad Mahmoud Ghali
And indeed Messengers were already mocked at even before you; then what they were scoffing at redounded upon the ones who mocked at them
They mocked the Messengers who lived before you (Muhammad), but those who received warnings of punishment and mocked the warnings, all suffered their torments accordingly
Muhammad Taqi Usmani
Even before you (O Prophet,) many messengers were ridiculed. Those who laughed at them were, then, besieged by what they used to ridicule
Messengers before you have been mocked. The very thing they used to mock overwhelmed them in the end
Dr. Munir Munshey
Certainly, many messengers have been mocked before you, but those who made fun of them were surrounded and overwhelmed by the very thing they used to mock
Syed Vickar Ahamed
Messengers before you were mocked; But the mockers were surrounded and circled by the (same) thing that they mocked
Umm Muhammad (Sahih International)
And already were messengers ridiculed before you, but those who mocked them were enveloped by that which they used to ridicule
[The Monotheist Group] (2011 Edition)
Messengers before you were ridiculed; but those who mocked them suffered the consequences of what they ridiculed
Messengers have been mocked before you [Muhammad], and those who mocked them were engulfed by the very punishment they had mocked
Abdul Majid Daryabadi
And assuredly mocked were the apostles before thee, wherefore that whereat they scoffed beset these who had been mocking
Surely the apostles have been mocked before you; but what they had mocked rebounded on the mockers themselves
Messengers before you were also mocked, but those who jeered were engulfed by what they mocked
Messengers indeed were mocked before you (O Messenger), but what they used to mock overwhelmed those who scoffed (at the Messengers to humiliate them)
Ali Quli Qara'i
Apostles were certainly derided before you. Then those who ridiculed them were besieged by what they used to deride
Hamid S. Aziz
There have been Messengers before you who were mocked at, but that at which they mocked surrounded (mocked, turned the tables on) the mockers
Ali Bakhtiari Nejad
And certainly messengers before you were ridiculed, then what they were ridiculing surrounded those of them who ridiculed.
A.L. Bilal Muhammad et al (2018)
Mocked were messengers before you, but the very thing they mocked hemmed them in
Messengers were mocked before you, and the very punishment they once mocked swept away those who poked fun
And indeed before your time (O Muhammad!) many a Messenger has been scoffed at; but those who mocked at them were encompassed by the Truth they had scoffed at
[The Monotheist Group] (2013 Edition)
Messengers before you were mocked, but those who ridiculed suffered the consequences of that which they mocked.
And, certainly, Messengers before you were mocked at, but the very thing they mocked at surrounded those who, among them, scoffed
Controversial or status undetermined works
Ahmed Raza Khan (Barelvi)
And assuredly, O beloved prophet! Messengers before you were mocked at; then those who were mocking at them their mockery surrounded them selves.
Messengers before you have been ridiculed. It is those who mocked them who suffered the consequences of their ridiculing.
Hasan Al-Fatih Qaribullah
Other Messengers have been mocked before you. But those who scoffed at them were encompassed by that they had mocked.
Maulana Muhammad Ali
And certainly messengers before thee were derided but that which they derided encompassed those of them who scoffed
Muhammad Ahmed & Samira
And had been mocked at messengers from before you, so those who mocked from them were afflicted/surrounded with what they were with it mocking/making fun
The Prophet before you were also subject to the mockeries. It is ironical that the same thing that they used to muck at lead to their destruction
And certainly, O dear Prophet (Mohammed - peace and blessings be upon him) the Noble Messengers before you have also been mocked at, so those who laughed at them were themselves ruined by their own mocking
And surely the Messengers have been mocked at before thee, but that which they mocked at encompassed those of them who scoffed at it
Dr. Mohammad Tahir-ul-Qadri
And indeed, before you (too) the Messengers were laughed at, but then the same (torment of the truth) they ridiculed besieged those of them who ridiculed
Amatul Rahman Omar
(O Muhammad!) certainly Messengers have been treated scornfully before you but that (prophecy of the ultimate success of the Messenger) which they held in scorn recoiled on those who had held (the prophecy) in scorn
Muhsin Khan & Muhammad al-Hilali
And indeed (many) Messengers were mocked before you, but their scoffers were surrounded by the very thing that they used to mock at
New, Partial, or In Progress Translations
Verily, the ‘Messengers’ have been mocked at before you, (O’ Muhammad), but that which they mocked at encompassed those who used to scoff.
Linda “iLHam” Barto
Certainly, messengers before you were mocked. Their scoffers were overwhelmed by that which they mocked.
Fadel Soliman, Bridges‘ Translation
And most surely
(other) messengers before you were ridiculed, but those who mocked them were surrounded by what they used to ridicule.
Irving & Mohamed Hegab
Messengers have been scoffed at before you, till whatever they were ridiculing swept those who had been doing the scoffing [into torment].
Indeed other messengers have been derided before your time, but those who scoffed at them were eventually overwhelmed by the very thing they have derided.
Indeed, many of Our Rasuls were also mocked before you! But those who mocked were enveloped by their own mockery!
Sayyed Abbas Sadr-Ameli
And certainly some Messengers were mocked at, before you, then the retribution which they used to ridicule fell on them
Al-muntakhab fi tafsir al-Qur‘an al-Karim
None the less, Messengers who were sent before you O Muhammad were also bombarded with foul epithets. The infidels mocked them and gave them a lick with the rough side of their tongues and called them everything they could lay their tongues to. In consequence were the mockers beset on all sides by the same material and immaterial things they turned into ridicule
And messengers before you were mocked at, so, that which they mocked at, surrounded those who mocked from among them.