In the Name of God, the Compassionate, the Merciful
Assuredly in the Heavens and the Earth are signs for those who believe:
And in your own creation, and in the beasts which are scattered abroad are signs to the firm in faith:
And in the succession of night and day, and in the supply which God sendeth down from the Heaven whereby He giveth life to the earth when dead, and in the change of the winds, are signs for a people of discernment.
Such are the signs of God: with truth do we recite them to thee. But in what teaching will they believe, if they reject3 God and his signs?
Woe to every lying sinner,
Who heareth the signs of God recited to him, and then, as though he heard them not, persisteth in proud disdain! Apprise him of an afflictive punishment.
And when he becometh acquainted with any of our signs he turneth them into ridicule. These! a shameful punishment for them!
Hell is behind them! and neither their gains nor the lords whom they have adopted beside God shall avail them in the least: and theirs, a great punishment!
This is Guidance: and for those who disbelieve the signs of their Lord is the punishment of an afflictive torment.
It is God who hath subjected the sea to you that the ships may traverse it at his bidding, and that ye may go in quest of the gifts of his bounty, and that ye may be thankful.
And he hath subjected to you all that is in the Heavens and all that is on the Earth: all is from him. Verily, herein are signs for those who reflect.
Tell the believers to pardon those who hope not for the days of God4 in which He purposeth to reward men according to their deeds.
He who doth that which is right, doth it to his own behoof, and whoso doth evil, doth it to his own hurt. Hereafter, to your Lord shall ye be brought back.
To the children of Israel gave we of old the Book and the Wisdom, and the gift of Prophecy, and we supplied them with good things, and privileged them above all peoples:
And we gave them clear sanctions for our behests: neither did they differ, through mutual envy, till after they had become possessed of knowledge; but thy Lord will judge between them on the day of resurrection, as to the subject of their disputes.
Afterwards we set thee over our divine law:5 follow it then: and follow not the wishes of those who have no knowledge,
For against God shall they avail thee nothing. And in sooth, the doers of evil are one anothers patrons; but the patron of them that fear Him is God himself.
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