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26 THE POETS (1 – 66)

In the Name of God, the Merciful, the Compassionate

Ta Sin Mim

Those are the signs of the Manifest Book. Perchance thou consumest thyself that they are not believers. If We will, We shall send down on them out of heaven a sign, so their necks will stay humbled to it. But never fresh remembrance comes to them from the All-merciful, except they turn away from it. 5So they have cried lies; therefore assuredly tidings will come to them of that they mocked at.

What, have they not regarded the earth, how many therein We have caused to grow of every generous kind?

Surely in that is a sign, yet most of them are not believers. Surely thy Lord, He is the All-mighty, the All-compassionate.

And when thy Lord called to Moses, ‘Go to the people of the evildoers, the 10people of Pharaoh; will they not be godfearing?’ He said, ‘My Lord, I fear they will cry me lies, and my breast will be straitened, and my tongue will not be loosed; so send to Aaron. They also have a sin against me, and I fear they will slay me.’ Said He, ‘No indeed; but go, both of you, with Our signs, and We assuredly shall be with you, listening. 15So go you to Pharaoh, and say, “Verily, I am the Messenger of the Lord of all Being; so send forth with us the Children of Israel.”’ He said, ‘Did we not raise thee amongst us as a child? Didst thou not tarry among us years of thy life? And thou didst the deed thou didst, being one of the ungrateful!’ Said he, ‘Indeed I did it then, being one of those that stray; 20so I fled from you, fearing you. But my Lord gave me Judgment and made me one of the Envoys. That is a blessing thou reproachest me with, having enslaved the Children of Israel.’ Pharaoh said, ‘And what is the Lord of all Being?’ He said, ‘The Lord of the heavens and earth, and what between them is, if you have faith.’ Said he to those about him, 25‘Do you not hear?’ He said, ‘Your Lord and the Lord of your fathers, the ancients.’ Said he, ‘Surely your Messenger who was sent to you is possessed!’ He said, ‘The Lord of the East and West, and what between them is, if you have understanding.’ Said he, ‘If thou takest a god other than me, I shall surely make thee one of the imprisoned.’ He said, ‘What, even though I brought thee something 30manifest?’ Said he, ‘Bring it then, if thou art of the truthful.’ So he cast his staff, and behold, it was a serpent manifest. And he drew forth his hand, and lo, it was white to the beholders. Said he to the Council about him, ‘Surely this man is a cunning sorcerer who desires to expel you from your land by his sorcery; what 35do you command?’ They said, ‘Put him and his brother off a while, and send among the cities musterers, to bring thee every cunning sorcerer.’ So the sorcerers were assembled for the appointed time of a fixed day. The people were asked, ‘Will you assemble? Haply we shall follow the sorcerers if it should be they are the victors.’ 40Then, when the sorcerers came, they said to Pharaoh, ‘Shall we indeed have a wage, if we should be the victors?’ He said, ‘Yes indeed; and you shall then be among the near-stationed.’ Moses said to them, ‘Cast you down what you will cast.’ So they cast their ropes and their staffs, and said, ‘By the might of Pharaoh we shall be the victors.’ Then Moses cast his staff and lo, it forthwith swallowed up 45their lying invention; so the sorcerers were cast down, bowing themselves. They said, ‘We believe in the Lord of all Being, the Lord of Moses and Aaron.’ Said Pharaoh, ‘You have believed him before I gave you leave. Why, he is the chief of you, the same that taught you sorcery; now you shall know! I shall assuredly cut off alternately your hands and feet, then I shall crucify you all together.’ 50They said, ‘There is no harm; surely unto our Lord we are turning. We are eager that our Lord should forgive us our offences, for that we are the first of the believers.’ Also We revealed unto Moses, ‘Go with My servants by night; surely you will be followed.’ Then Pharaoh sent among the cities musterers: ‘Behold, these are a small troop, 55and indeed they are enraging us; and we are a host on our guard.’ So We expelled them from gardens and fountains, and treasures and a noble station; even so, and We bequeathed them upon the Children of 60Israel. Then they followed them at the sunrise; and, when the two hosts sighted each other, the companions of Moses said, ‘We are overtaken!’ Said he, ‘No indeed; surely my Lord is with me; He will guide me.’ Then We revealed to Moses, ‘Strike with thy staff the sea’; and it clave, and each part was as a mighty mount. 65And there We brought the others on, and We delivered Moses and those with him all together; then We drowned the others.

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