And when our clear signs are recited to them, their only argument is to say, “Bring back our fathers, if ye speak the truth.”
Say: God giveth you life, then causeth you to die: then will He assemble you on the day of resurrection: there is no doubt of it: but most men have not this knowledge.
And God’s is the kingdom of the Heavens and of the Earth; and on the day when the Hour shall arrive, on that day shall the despisers6 perish.
And thou shalt see every nation kneeling: to its own book shall every nation be summoned:-This day shall ye be repaid as ye have wrought.
This our Book will speak of you with truth: therein have we written down whatever ye have done.”
As to those who have believed and wrought righteously, into his mercy shall their Lord cause them to enter. This shall be undoubted bliss!
But as to the Infidels-"Were not my signs recited to you? but ye proudly scorned them, and became a sinful people.”
And when it was said, “Verily the Promise of God is truth; and as to the Hour, there is no doubt of it;” ye said, “We know not what the hour is-we conceive it a mere conceit,-we have no assurance of it.”
And the evils they have wrought shall rise up into their view, and that at which they mocked shall hem them in on every side.
And it shall be said to them, “This day will we forget you as ye forgat your meeting with us this day, and your abode shall be the fire, and none shall there be to succour you:-
This, because ye received the signs of God with mockery, and this present life deceived you.” On that day therefore they shall not come out from it; and they shall not be asked to win the favour of God.
Praise then be to God, Lord of the Heavens and Lord of the Earth; the Lord of the worlds!
And His be the greatness in the Heavens and on the Earth; for He is the Mighty, the Wise!
1 See Sura lxviii. p. 32.
2 Lit. the sending down, i.e. the revelation of the Book.
3 Lit. after God.
4 That is, the days of victory. In Scripture phrase, “the days of the right hand of the Most High.”
5 The Arabic amri may be rendered either command or business, i.e. of religion.
6 Lit. the makers vain, i.e. vanitatis arguentes alcoranum. Mar.
SURA XVI.-THE BEE [LXXIII.]
In the Name of God, the Compassionate, the Merciful
The doom of God cometh to pass. Then hasten
it not. Glory be to Him! High let
Him be exalted above the gods whom they join with Him!
By his own behest will He cause the angels to descend with the Spirit on whom he pleaseth among his servants, bidding them, “Warn that there is no God but me; therefore fear me.”