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38 SAD (1 – 25)

In the Name of God, the Merciful, the Compassionate

By the Koran, containing the Remembrance— nay, but the unbelievers glory in their schism. How many a generation We destroyed before them, and they called, but time was none to escape.

Now they marvel that a warner has come to them from among them; and the unbelievers say, ‘This is a lying sorcerer. What, has he made the gods One God? This is indeed a marvellous thing.’ 5And the Council of them depart, saying ‘Go! Be steadfast to your gods; this is a thing to be desired. We have not heard of this in the last religion; this is surely an invention. What, has the Remembrance been sent down on him out of us all?’ Nay, but they are in doubt of My Remembrance; nay, they have not yet tasted My chastisement. Or have they the treasuries of thy Lord's mercy, the All-mighty, the All-giving? Or is theirs the kingdom of the heavens and earth and of what between them is? Why, then let them ascend the cords! 10A very host of parties is routed there!

Cried lies before them the people of Noah, and Ad, and Pharaoh, he of the tent-pegs, and Thamood, and the people of Lot, and the men of the Thicket—those were the parties; not one, that cried not lies to the Messengers, so My retribution was just. These are only awaiting for a single Cry, to which there is no delay.

15They say, ‘Our Lord, hasten to us our share before the Day of Reckoning.’ Bear patiently what they say, and remember Our servant David, the man of might; he was a penitent. With him We subjected the mountains to give glory at evening and sunrise, and the birds, duly mustered, every one to him reverting; We strengthened his kingdom, and gave him wisdom and speech decisive. 20Has the tiding of the dispute come to thee? When they scaled the Sanctuary, when they entered upon David, and he took fright at them; and they said, ‘Fear not; two disputants we are—one of us has injured the other; so judge between us justly, and transgress not, and guide us to the right path.’ ‘Behold, this my brother has ninety-nine ewes, and I have one ewe. So he said, “Give her into my charge”; and he overcame me in the argument.’ Said he, ‘Assuredly he has wronged thee in asking for thy ewe in addition to his sheep; and indeed many intermixers do injury one against the other, save those who believe, and do deeds of righteousness—and how few they are!’ And David thought that We had only tried him; therefore he sought forgiveness of his Lord, and he fell down, bowing, and he repented. Accordingly We forgave him that, and he has a near place in Our presence and a fair resort. 25‘David, behold, We have appointed thee a viceroy in the earth; therefore judge between men justly, and follow not caprice, lest it lead thee astray from the way of God. Surely those who go astray from the way of God—there awaits them a terrible chastisement, for that they have forgotten the Day of Reckoning.’

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