Observe strictly the prayers, and the middle93 prayer, and stand up full of devotion towards God.
And94 such of you as shall die and leave wives, shall bequeath their wives a years maintenance without causing them to quit their homes; but if they quit them of their own accord, then no blame shall attach to you for any disposition they may make of themselves in a fair way. And God is Mighty, Wise.
And for the divorced let there be a fair provision. This is a duty in those who fear God.
Thus God maketh his signs clear to you that ye may understand.
Hast thou not thought on those who quitted their dwellingsand they were thousandsfor fear of death?95 God said to them, Die: then He restored them to life, for full of bounty towards man is God. But most men give not thanks!
Fight for the cause of God; and know that God is He who Heareth, Knoweth.
Who is he that will lend to God a goodly loan? He will double it to him again and again: God is close, but open handed also: and to Him shall ye return.
Hast thou not considered96 the assembly of the children of Israel after the death of Moses, when they said to a prophet of theirs, Set up for us a king; we will do battle for the cause of God? He said, May it not be that if to fight were ordained you, ye would not fight? They said, And why should we not fight in the cause of God, since we and our children are driven forth from our dwellings? But when fighting was commanded them, they turned back, save a few of them: But God knew the offenders!
And their prophet said to them, Now hath God set (Talout) Saul king over you. They said, How shall he reign over us, when we are more worthy of the kingdom than he, and of wealth he hath no abundance? He said, Verily God hath chosen him to be over you, and hath given him increase in knowledge and stature; God giveth his kingdom to whom he pleaseth; and God is Liberal, Knowing!
And their prophet said to them, Verily, the sign of his kingship shall be that the Ark shall come to you: in it is a pledge of security97 from your Lord and the relics98 left by the family of Moses, and the family of Aaron; the angels shall bear it: Truly herein shall be a sign indeed to you if ye are believers.
And when Saul marched forth with his forces, he said, God will test you by a river: He who drinketh of it shall not be of my band; but he who shall not taste it, drinking a drink out of the hand excepted, shall be of my band.99 And, except a few of them, they drank of it. And when they had passed it, he and those who believed with him, the former said, We have no strength this day against (Djalout) Goliath and his forces: But they who held it as certain that they must meet God, said, How oft, by Gods will, hath a small host vanquished a numerous host! and God is with the steadfastly enduring.
And when they went forth against Goliath and his forces, they said, O our Lord! pour out steadfastness upon us, and set our feet firm, and help us against the infidels!
And by the will of God they routed them; and (Daood) David slew Goliath; and God gave him the kingship and wisdom, and taught him according to His will: and were it not for the restraint of one by means of the other, imposed on men by God, verily the earth had been utterly corrupted. But God is bounteous to his creatures.
Such are the signs of God: with truth do we rehearse them to thee, for one of the Sent Ones art Thou.
Some of the apostles we have endowed more highly than others: Those to whom God hath spoken, He hath raised to the loftiest grade, and to Jesus the Son of Mary we gave manifest signs, and we strengthened
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