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And what could make thee conceive what it is, that steep uphill road
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And what will make you realize what ˹attempting˺ the challenging path is?
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And how would you know what is the difficult path?

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Arabic   
‏وَمَآ أَدْرَىٰكَ مَا ٱلْعَقَبَةُ ‎
Transliteration (2021)   
wamā adrāka mā l-ʿaqabat
Word for Word
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And what can make you know what the steep path (is)?

Generally Accepted Translations of the Meaning
Muhammad Asad   
And what could make thee conceive what it is, that steep uphill road
M. M. Pickthall   
Ah, what will convey unto thee what the Ascent is!
Yusuf Ali (Saudi Rev. 1985)   
And what will explain to thee the path that is steep?
The Clear Quran, Dr. Mustafa Khattab   
And what will make you realize what ˹attempting˺ the challenging path is?
Safi Kaskas   
And how would you know what is the difficult path?
Wahiduddin Khan   
What will explain to you what the ascent is
Shakir   
And what will make you comprehend what the uphill road is
Dr. Laleh Bakhtiar   
What will cause thee to recognize what the steep ascent is?
T.B.Irving   
What will make you realize what the Obstacle is?
Abdul Hye   
And what will make you know what the steep path is?
The Study Quran   
And what will apprise thee of the steep pass
Dr. Kamal Omar   
And what has made you realise what Al-Aqaba (the difficult terrain) is
Farook Malik   
And what will explain to you what the Aqabah is
Talal A. Itani (new translation)   
And what will explain to you what the ascent is
Muhammad Mahmoud Ghali   
And what makes you realize what the uneven track is
Muhammad Sarwar   
Would that you knew what Aqaba is
Muhammad Taqi Usmani   
__ And what may let you know what the steep course is
Shabbir Ahmed   
Ah, what will convey unto you what that Ascent is
Dr. Munir Munshey   
And how would you know what the harder course (of action) is
Syed Vickar Ahamed   
And what will explain to you the path that is hard
Umm Muhammad (Sahih International)   
And what can make you know what is [breaking through] the difficult pass
[The Monotheist Group] (2011 Edition)   
Do you know which is the difficult pat
Abdel Haleem   
What will explain to you what the steep path is
Abdul Majid Daryabadi   
And what shall make thee understand that which the steep is
Ahmed Ali   
How will you comprehend what the Steep ascent is? -
Aisha Bewley   
What will convey to you what the steep ascent is?
Ali Ünal   
What enables you to perceive what the ascent is
Ali Quli Qara'i   
And what will show you what is the uphill task
Hamid S. Aziz   
And what will explain to you the ascent
Ali Bakhtiari Nejad   
And do you know what the winding mountain road is
A.L. Bilal Muhammad et al (2018)   
And what will explain to you the path that is steep
Musharraf Hussain   
What can explain to you the mountain track?
Maududi   
And what do you know what that difficult steep is
[The Monotheist Group] (2013 Edition)   
Do you know which is the better path?
Mohammad Shafi   
And what do you understand what the steep road is

Controversial or status undetermined works
Ahmed Raza Khan (Barelvi)   
And what did you know what that valley is?
Rashad Khalifa   
Which one is the difficult path
Hasan Al-Fatih Qaribullah   
What could let you know what the height is
Maulana Muhammad Ali   
And what will make thee comprehend what the uphill road is
Muhammad Ahmed - Samira   
And what made you know/informed you what the high mountain path/road (is)
Bijan Moeinian   
If you want to know.
Faridul Haque   
And what have you understood, what the valley is
Sher Ali   
And what should make thee know what the steep ascent is
Dr. Mohammad Tahir-ul-Qadri   
And what have you thought of the steep ascent (of the rigours of the Din [Religion] of truth)
Amatul Rahman Omar   
And what should make you know what the uphill path of steep and difficult ascent is
Muhsin Khan & Muhammad al-Hilali   
And what will make you know the path that is steep

Non-Muslim and/or Orientalist works
Arthur John Arberry   
and what shall teach thee what is the steep
George Sale   
What shall make thee to understand what the cliff is
Edward Henry Palmer   
And what shall make thee know what the steep is
John Medows Rodwell   
And who shall teach thee what the steep is
N J Dawood (2014)   
Would that you knew what the Height is

New, Partial, or In Progress Translations
Linda “iLHam” Barto   
What will explain what is meant by “the road that is high”?
Irving & Mohamed Hegab   
What will make you realize what the Obstacle is?
Sayyid Qutb   
Would that you knew what the Ascent is.
Ahmed Hulusi   
Do you know what that steep hill is?
Torres Al Haneef (partial translation)   
and what will make you understand what the steep path is
Al-muntakhab fi tafsir al-Qur'an al-Karim   
And you just do not know what the difficult path of overcoming self- interest
Mir Aneesuddin   
And what will make you realize what the uphill (road) is?

Obsolete and/or older editions
Yusuf Ali (Orig. 1938)   
And what will explain to thee the path that is steep?
OLD Literal Word for Word   
And what can make you know what the steep path (is)