But [thus it is:] whenever they who are bent on denying the truth consider thee,46
they make thee but a target of their mockery, [saying to one another,] "Is this the one who speaks [so contemptuously] of your gods?"47
And yet, it is they themselves who, at [every] mention of the Most Gracious, are wont to deny the truth!48
Lit., "see thee": but since this verb has here obviously an abstract meaning, relating to the message propounded by the Prophet, it is best rendered as above.
Sc., "and dares to deny their reality although he is a mere mortal like ourselves?"
I.e., although they resent any aspersion cast on whatever things or forces they unthinkingly worship, they refuse to acknowledge God's planning will manifested in every aspect of His creation.