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WHEN THE SKY is cleft asunder,1
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and when the stars are scattered,
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and when the seas burst beyond their bounds,
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and when the graves are overturned
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every human being will [at last] comprehend what he has sent ahead and what he has held back [in this world].2
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O MAN! What is it that lures thee away from thy bountiful Sustainer,3
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who has created thee, and formed thee in accordance with what thou art meant to be,4 and shaped thy nature in just proportions,5
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having put thee together in whatever form He willed [thee to have]?
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Nay, [O men,] but you [are lured away from God whenever you are tempted to] give the lie to [God's] Judgment!6
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And yet, verily, there are ever-watchful forces over you,
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noble, recording,
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aware of whatever you do!7
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Behold, [in the life to come] the truly virtuous will indeed be in bliss,
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whereas, behold, the wicked will indeed be in a blazing fire -
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[a fire] which they shall enter on Judgment Day,
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and which they shall not [be able to] evade.
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And what could make thee conceive what that Judgment Day will be?
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And once again: What could make thee conceive what that Judgment Day will be?8
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[It will be] a Day when no human being shall be of the least avail to another human being: for on that Day [it will become manifest that] all sovereignty is God's alone.