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69:2  What is the Inevitable
69:3  And who shall make thee comprehend what the Inevitable is
69:4  Themoud and Ad treated the day of Terrors as a lie
69:5  So as to Themoud, they were destroyed by crashing thunder bolts
69:6  And as to Ad, they were destroyed by a roaring and furious blast
69:7  It did the bidding of God against them seven nights and eight days together, during which thou mightest have seen the people laid low, as though they had been the trunks of hollow palms
69:8  And couldst thou have seen one of them surviving
69:9  Pharaoh also, and those who flourished before him, and the overthrown cities, committed sin,
69:10  And disobeyed the Sent one of their Lord; therefore did he chastise them with an accumulated chastisement
69:11  When the Flood rose high, we bare you in the Ark
69:12  That we might make that event a warning to you, and that the retaining ear might retain it
69:13  But when one blast shall be blown on the trumpet
69:14  And the earth and the mountains shall be upheaved, and shall both be crushed into dust at a single crushing
69:15  On that day the woe that must come suddenly shall suddenly come
69:16  And the heaven shall cleave asunder, for on that day it shall be fragile
69:17  And the angels shall be on its sides, and over them on that day eight shall bear up the throne of thy Lord
69:18  On that day ye shall be brought before Him: none of your hidden deeds shall remain hidden
69:19  And he who shall have his book given to him in his right hand, will say to his friends, "Take ye it; read ye my book
69:20  I ever thought that to this my reckoning I should come."
69:21  And his shall be a life that shall please him well
69:22  In a lofty garden
69:23  Whose clusters shall be near at hand
69:24  "Eat ye and drink with healthy relish, as the meed of what ye sent on beforehand in the days which are past."
69:25  But he who shall have his book given into his left hand, will say, "O that my book had never been given me
69:26  And that I had never known my reckoning
69:27  O that death had made an end of me
69:28  My wealth hath not profited me
69:29  My power hath perished from me!"
69:30  "Lay ye hold on him and chain him
69:31  Then at the Hell-fire burn him
69:32  Then into a chain whose length is seventy cubits thrust him
69:33  For he believed not in God, the Great
69:34  And was not careful to feed the poor
69:35  No friend therefore shall he have here this day
69:36  Nor food, but corrupt sores
69:37  Which none shall eat but the sinners."
69:38  It needs not that I swear by what ye see
69:39  And by that which ye see not
69:40  That this verily is the word of an apostle worthy of all honour
69:41  And that it is not the word of a poet - how little do ye believe
69:42  Neither is it the word of a soothsayer (Kahin) - how little do ye receive warning
69:43  It is a missive from the Lord of the worlds
69:44  But if Muhammad had fabricated concerning us any sayings
69:45  We had surely seized him by the right hand
69:46  And had cut through the vein of his neck
69:47  Nor would We have withheld any one of you from him
69:48  But, verily, It (the Koran) is a warning for the God-fearing
69:49  And we well know that there are of you who treat it as a falsehood
69:50  But it shall be the despair of infidels
69:51  For it is the very truth of sure knowledge
69:52  Praise, then, the name of thy Lord, the Great