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1 . Nun By the pen and by that which they inscribe.

2 . Thou art nor, through the grace of thy Lord, mad.

3 . And verily thine shall be a hire unending."

4 . And verily thou art of a high and noble disposition.

5 . Anon thou wilt see and they will see:

6 . Which of you is afflicted with madness.

7 . Verily thy Lord! He is the best Knower of him who strayeth from His path, and He is the best Knower of the guided one,

8 . Wherefore obey not thou the beliers.

9 . Fain would they that thou shouldst be pliant, so that they will be pliant.

10 . And obey not: thou any swearer ignominous.

11 . A defamer, spreader abroad of slander.

12 . Hinderer of the good, trespasser; sinner.

13 . Gross, and therewithal ignoble-

14 . Because he is owner of riches and children.

15 . When Our revelations are rehearsed Unto him, he saith: fables of the ancients.

16 . Anon We shall brand him on snout.

17 . Verily We! We have proved them even as We proved the fellows of a garden when they swarethat they would surely reap it in the morning.

18 . And they made not the exception.

19 . Wherefore an encircling visitation visited it even as they slept on.

20 . Then in the morning it became as though it had been reaped.

21 . Then they cried out Unto each other in the morning,

22 . Saying: go out betimes to your tilth if ye would reap.

23 . So they went off speaking to each other in a low voice:

24 . Let there not enter upon you today any needy man.

25 . And they went out betimes determined in purpose.

26 . Then when they beheld it, they said: verily we have strayed.

27 . Aye! it is we who are deprived!

28 . The most moderate of them said: said I not Unto you, wherefore hallow him ye not!

29 . They said: hallowed be Our Lord! verily we have been wrong- doers.

30 . Then they turned to each other reproaching

31 . They said: woe Unto us! verily we! we have been arrogant.

32 . Belike our Lord may exchange for us better garden than this; verily we are Unto our Lord beseechers.

33 . Such is the torment. And the torment of the Hereafter is far greater; if they but knew.

34 . Verily for the God-fearing, are with their Lord Gardens of Delight.

35 . Shall We then make the Muslims like the culprits?

36 . What aileth you? How ill ye judge!

37 . Is there with you a Book wherein ye study:

38 . That therein is yours that which. ye may choose?

39 . Or have ye oaths from us reaching to the Day of Resurrection, that you shall be that which ye judge?

40 . Ask then, which of them will stand thereof a surety?

41 . Have they associate gods? Then let them produce their associate gods if they say sooth!

42 . Remember the Day whereon the shank shall be bared and they shall be called upon to Prostrate themselves, but they shall not be able.

43 . Downcast will be their looks; abjectness will overspread them. Surely they had been called upon to Prostrate themselves while yet they were whole.

44 . Let Me alone with him who belieth this discourse; step by step We lead them on when they perceive not.

45 . And I bear with them; verily My contrivance is sure.

46 . Askest thou a hire from them so that they are laden with debt?

47 . Is with them the unseen, so that they write down?

48 . Be patient thou, then, with thy Lord´s judgment, and be thou not like him of the fish, when he cried out while he was in anguish.

49 . Had not grace from his Lord reached him, he had surely been cast into the wilderness in a plight.

50 . Then his Lord chose him and made him of the righteous.

51 . And those who disbelieve well-nigh cause thee to stumble with their looks when they hear the Admonition, and they say: verily he is mad.

52 . While it is naught but an admonition Unto the worlds.