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CONSIDER the sky full of great constellations,
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and [then bethink thyself of] the promised Day,1
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and [of] Him who witnesses [all], and [of] that unto which witness is borne [by Him]!2
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THEY DESTROY [but] themselves,3 they who would ready a pit
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of fire fiercely burning [for all who have attained to faith]!4
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Lo! [With glee do] they contemplate that [fire],
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fully conscious of what they are doing to the believers,5
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whom they hate for no other reason than that they believe in God, the Almighty, the One to whom all praise is due,
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[and] to whom the dominion of the heavens and the earth belongs. But God is witness unto everything!
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Verily, as for those who persecute believing men and believing women, and thereafter do not repent, hell's suffering awaits them: yea, suffering through fire awaits them!6
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[But,] verily, they who attain to faith and do righteous deeds shall [in the life to come] have gardens through which running waters flow - that triumph most great!7
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VERILY, thy Sustainer's grip is exceedingly strong!
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Behold, it is He who creates [man] in the first instance, and He [it is who] will bring him forth anew.
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And He alone is truly-forgiving, all-embracing in His love,
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in sublime almightiness enthroned,8
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a sovereign doer of whatever He wills.
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HAS IT ever come within thy ken, the story of the [sinful] hosts
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of Pharaoh, and of [the tribe of] Thamud?9
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And yet, they who are bent on denying the truth persist in giving it the lie:
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but all the while God encompasses them [with His knowledge and might] without their being aware of it.10
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Nay, but this [divine writ which they reject] is a discourse sublime,
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upon an imperishable tablet [inscribed].11