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Arberry, Arthur J. , trans. "SHEBA." In The Koran Interpreted. Oxford Islamic Studies Online. May 25, 2022. <>.


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34 SHEBA (1 – 20)

In the Name of God, the Merciful, the Compassionate

Praise belongs to God to whom belongs whatsoever is in the heavens and whatsoever is in the earth. To Him belongs praise also in the Hereafter; He is the All-wise, the All-aware. He knows what penetrates into the earth, and what comes forth from it, what comes down from heaven, and what goes up to it; He is the All-compassionate, the All-forgiving.

The unbelievers say, ‘The Hour will never come to us.’ Say: ‘Yes indeed, by my Lord, it shall come to you, by Him who knows the Unseen; not so much as the weight of an ant in heaven and earth escapes from Him, neither is aught smaller than that, or greater, but it is in a Manifest Book; that He may recompense those who believe, and do righteous deeds; theirs shall be forgiveness and generous provision. 5And those who strive against Our signs to void them—theirs shall be a chastisement of painful wrath.’ Those who have been given the knowledge see that what has been sent down to thee from thy Lord is the truth, and guides to the path of the All-mighty, the All-laudable.

The unbelievers say, ‘Shall we point you to a man who will tell you, when you have been utterly torn to pieces, then you shall be in a new creation?’ What, has he forged against God a lie, or is he possessed? Not so; but those who believe not in the Hereafter are in chastisement and far error. Have they not regarded what lies before them and what lies behind them of heaven and earth? Did We will, We would make the earth to swallow them, or We would drop down on them lumps from heaven. Surely in that is a sign to every penitent servant.

10And We gave David bounty from Us: ‘O you mountains, echo God's praises with him, and you birds!’ And We softened for him iron: ‘Fashion wide coats of mail, and measure well the links.’—And do ye righteousness, for surely I see the things you do. And to Solomon the wind; its morning course was a month's journey, and its evening course was a month's journey. And We made the Fount of Molten Brass to flow for him. And of the jinn, some worked before him by the leave of his Lord; and such of them as swerved away from Our commandment, We would let them taste the chastisement of the Blaze; fashioning for him whatsoever he would— places of worship, statues, porringers like water-troughs, and anchored cooking-pots. ‘Labour, O House of David, in thankfulness; for few indeed are those that are thankful among My servants.’ And when We decreed that he should die, naught indicated to them that he was dead but the Beast of the Earth devouring his staff; and when he fell down, the jinn saw clearly that, had they only known the Unseen, they would not have continued in the humbling chastisement.

For Sheba also there was a sign in their dwelling-place—two gardens, one on the right and one on the left: ‘Eat of your Lord's provision, and give thanks to Him; a good land, and a Lord All-forgiving.’ 15But they turned away; so We loosed on them the Flood of Arim, and We gave them, in exchange for their two gardens, two gardens bearing bitter produce and tamarisk-bushes, and here and there a few lote-trees. Thus We recompensed them for their unbelief; and do We ever recompense any but the unbeliever? And We set, between them and the cities that We have blessed, cities apparent and well We measured the journey between them: ‘Journey among them by night and day in security!’ But they said, ‘Our Lord, prolong the stages of our travel’; and they wronged themselves, so We made them as but tales, and We tore them utterly to pieces. Surely in that are signs for every man enduring, thankful. Iblis proved true his opinion of them, and they followed him, except a party of the believers. 20Yet he had no authority over them, but that We might know him who believed in the Hereafter from him who was in doubt thereof. Thy Lord is Guardian over everything.

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