لَا يَسْبِقُونَهُۥ بِٱلْقَوْلِ وَهُم بِأَمْرِهِۦ يَعْمَلُونَ
Asad Quran Translation
they speak not until He has spoken unto them,35
and [whenever they act,] they act at His behest.
Lit., "they do not precede Him in speech" - meaning that they proclaim only what He has revealed to them and bidden them to proclaim.
Malik Quran Translation
They do not precede Him in speaking and they act according to His commandment.
Yusuf Ali Quran Translation
They speak not before He speaks and they act (in all things) by His command. 2687
They never say anything before they receive Allah's command to say it, and their acts are similarly conditioned. This is also the teaching of Jesus as reported in the Gospel of St. John (xii. 49-50): "For I have not spoken of myself: but the Father which sent me, He gave me a commandment, what I should say, and what I should speak. And I know that His commandment is life everlasting: whatsoever I speak therefore, even as the Father said unto me, so I speak." If rightly understood, "Father" has the same meaning as our "Rabb", Sustainer and Cherisher, not Begetter or Progenitor.
Mustafa Khattab Quran Translation
who do not speak until He has spoken, ˹only˺ acting at His command.
Piktal Quran Translation
They speak not until He hath spoken, and they act by His command.
La yasbiqoonahu bialqawli wahum biamrihi yaAAmaloona