And since Noah, how many nations have we exterminated! And of the sins of his servants thy Lord is sufficiently informed, observant.
Whoso chooseth this quickly passing life, quickly will we bestow therein that which we pleaseeven on him we choose; afterward we will appoint hell for him, in which he shall burndisgraced, outcast:
But whoso chooseth the next life, and striveth after it as it should be striven for, being also a believer,these! their striving shall be grateful to God:
See how we have caused some of them to excel others! but the next life shall be greater in its grades, and greater in excellence.
Set not up another god with God, lest thou sit thee down disgraced, helpless.11
Thy Lord hath ordained that ye worship none but him; and, kindness to your parents, whether one or both of them attain to old age with thee: and say not to them, Fie! neither reproach them; but speak to them both with respectful speech;
And defer humbly to them12 out of tenderness; and say, Lord, have compassion on them both, even as they reared me when I was little.
Your Lord well knoweth what is in your souls; he knoweth whether ye be righteous:
And gracious is He to those who return to Him.
And to him who is of kin render his due, and also to the poor and to the wayfarer; yet waste not wastefully,
For the wasteful are brethren of the Satans, and Satan was ungrateful to his Lord:
But if thou turn away from them, while thou thyself seekest boons from thy Lord for which thou hopest, at least speak to them with kindly speech:
And let not thy hand be tied up to thy neck; nor yet open it with all openness, lest thou sit thee down in rebuke, in beggary.
Kill not your children for fear of want:13 for them and for you will we provide. Verily, the killing them is a great wickedness.
Neither slay any one whom God hath forbidden you to slay, unless for a just cause: and whosoever shall be slain wrongfully, to his heir14 have we given powers; but let him not outstep bounds in putting the manslayer to death, for he too, in his turn, will be assisted and avenged.
And touch not the substance of the orphan, unless in an upright way, till he attain his age of strength: And perform your covenant; verily the covenant shall be enquired of:
And give full measure when you measure, and weigh with just balance. This will be better, and fairest for settlement:
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