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16:1  God's bidding will come; seek not then to hasten it on. Celebrated be His praises from what they join with Him
16:2  He sends down the angels with the Spirit at His bidding upon whom He will of His servants (to say), 'Give warning that there is no god but Me; Me therefore do ye fear.
16:3  He created the heavens and the earth in truth! Exalted be He above that which they join with Him
16:4  He created man from a clot; and yet, behold, he is an open opponent
16:5  The cattle too have we created for you; in them is warmth and profit, and from them do ye eat
16:6  In them is there beauty for you when ye drive them home to rest, and when ye drive them forth to graze
16:7  And they bear your heavy burdens to towns which ye could not otherwise reach, except with great wretchedness of soul;- verily, your Lord is kind and merciful
16:8  And horses too, and mules, and asses, for you to ride upon and for an ornament.- He creates also what ye know not of
16:9  God's it is to show the path; from it some turn aside: but had He pleased He would have guided you one and all
16:10  He it is who sends down water from the sky, whence ye have drink, and whence the trees grow whereby ye feed your flocks
16:11  He makes the corn to grow, and the olives, and the palms, and the grapes, and some of every fruit;- verily, in that is a sign unto a people who reflect
16:12  And He subjected to you the night and the day, and the sun, and the moon, and the stars are subjected to His bidding. Verily, in that are signs to a people who have sense
16:13  And what He has produced for you in the earth varying in hue, verily, in that is a sign for a people who are mindful
16:14  He it is who has subjected the sea, that ye may eat fresh flesh therefrom; and ye bring forth from it ornaments which ye wear,- and thou mayest see the ships cleaving through it,- and that ye may search after His grace,- and haply ye may give thanks
16:15  And He has cast firm mountains on the earth lest it move with you; and rivers and roads; haply ye may be guided
16:16  And landmarks; and by the stars too are they guided
16:17  Is He who creates like him who creates not?- are they then unmindful
16:18  But if ye would number the favours of God, ye cannot count them. Verily, God is forgiving, merciful
16:19  God knows what ye keep secret, and what ye disclose
16:20  And those on whom ye call beside God cannot create anything, for they are themselves created
16:21  Dead, not living, nor can they perceive! When shall they be raised
16:22  Your God is one God, and those who believe not in the hereafter their hearts are given to denial, and they are big with pride
16:23  Without a doubt God knows what ye keep secret and what ye disclose! Verily, He does not love those big with pride
16:24  And when it is said to them, 'What is it that your Lord has sent down?' they say, 'Old folks' tales!
16:25  Let them bear the burden of their sins entirely on the resurrection day, and some of the burdens of those whom they led astray without knowledge.- Aye! an ill burden shall they bear
16:26  Those who were before them devised a stratagem, but God brought their building off its foundations, and the roof fell over them, and the torment came to them, from whence they could not perceive
16:27  Then on the resurrection day He will put them to shame, and say, 'Where are your associates whom ye divided into parties about?' Those to whom knowledge is brought will say, 'Verily, disgrace today, and evil are upon the misbelievers!
16:28  Those whom the angels took away were wronging themselves; then they offered peace: 'We have done no evil.' - 'Yea! verily, God knows what ye did
16:29  Wherefore enter ye the doors of hell, to dwell therein for aye; for ill is the resort of the proud.
16:30  And it will be said to those who fear God, 'What is it that your Lord has sent down?' They will say, 'The best,' for those who do good, good in this world; but certainly the abode of the next is best, and surely pleasant is the abode of those who fear
16:31  Gardens of Eden which they shall enter, beneath them rivers flow; therein shall they have what they please;- thus does God reward those who fear Him
16:32  To those whom the angels take off in a goodly state they shall say, 'Peace be upon you! enter ye into Paradise for that which ye have done.
16:33  Do they expect other than that the angels should come to take them off, or that thy Lord's bidding should come?- thus did those before them; God did not wrong them; but it was themselves they wronged
16:34  And the evil which they had done befell them, and that environed them at which they used to mock
16:35  And those who associated (others with God) said, 'Had God pleased we had not served aught beside Him, neither we nor our fathers; nor had we prohibited aught without Him;' - thus did those before them: but have messengers aught to do but to deliver their message plainly
16:36  We have sent in every nation an apostle (to say), 'Serve ye God, and avoid Taghut!' and amongst them are some whom God has guided, and amongst them are some for whom error is due;- go ye about then on the earth, and behold how was the end of those who called (the apostles) liars
16:37  If thou art ever so eager for their guidance, verily, God guides not those who go astray, nor have they any helpers
16:38  They swear by their most strenuous oath, 'God will not raise up him who dies.' - Yea! a promise binding on him true!- but most men do not know
16:39  To explain to them that which they disputed about, and that those who misbelieved may know that they are liars
16:40  We only say unto a thing we wish,' BE,' and it is
16:41  But those who fled for God's sake, after they were wronged, we will surely establish them in this world with good things; but the hire of the future, life is greater, if ye did but know
16:42  Those who are patient, and upon their Lord rely
16:43  And we have not sent before thee any but men whom we inspire,- ask ye those who have the Reminder, if ye know not yourselves,
16:44  with manifest signs and with scriptures; and we have sent down the Reminder to thee too, that thou mayest explain to men what has been sent down to them, and haply they may reflect
16:45  Are those who were so crafty in evil sure that God will not cleave open the earth with them, or bring them torment from whence they cannot perceive
16:46  or seize them in their going to and fro? for they cannot make Him helpless
16:47  Or that He should seize them with a gradual destruction? for, verily, your Lord is kind, merciful
16:48  Do they not regard whatever thing God has created; its shadow falls on the right or the left, adoring God and shrinking up
16:49  Whatever is in the heavens and in the earth, beast or angel, adores God; nor are they big with pride
16:50  They fear their Lord above them, and they do what they are bidden
16:51  And God says, 'Take not to two gods; God is only one; me then do ye fear!
16:52  His is what is in the heavens and in the earth; to Him is obedience due unceasingly; other than God then will ye fear
16:53  And whatever favours ye have, they are from God; then, whenever distress touches you, unto Him ye turn for succour
16:54  Yet, when He removes the distress from you, lo! a party of you join partners with their Lord
16:55  That they may disbelieve in what we have brought them and may enjoy,- but at length they shall know
16:56  And they set aside for what they know not a portion of what we have bestowed upon them.- By God! ye shall be questioned concerning that which ye have devised
16:57  They make for God daughters;- celebrated be His praise!- and for themselves they like them not
16:58  When any one of them has tidings of a female child, his face is overclouded and black, and he has to keep back his wrath
16:59  He skulks away from the people, for the evil tidings he has heard;- is he to keep it with its disgrace, or to bury it in the dust?- aye! evil is it that they judge
16:60  For those who disbelieve in the future life is a similitude of evil: but for God is the loftiest similitude; for He is the mighty, the wise
16:61  If God were to punish men for their wrong-doing. He would not leave upon the earth a single beast; but He respites them until a stated time; and when their time comes they cannot put it off an hour, nor can they bring it on
16:62  They set down to God what they abhor themselves; and their tongues describe the lie that 'good is to be theirs.' Without a doubt theirs is the Fire, for, verily, they shall be sent on there
16:63  By God! we sent (messengers) to nations before thee, but Satan made their works seemly to them, for he is their patron today, and for them is grievous woe
16:64  We have only sent down to thee the Book, that thou mayest explain to them that which they did dispute about, and as a guidance and a mercy to a people who believe
16:65  And God sends down water from the sky, and quickens therewith the earth after its death; verily, in that is a sign to a people who can hear
16:66  Verily, ye have in cattle a lesson; we give you to drink from that which is in their bellies, betwixt chyme and blood,- pure milk,- easy to swallow for those who drink
16:67  And of the fruit of the palms and the grapes ye take therefrom an intoxicant and a goodly provision; verily, in that is a sign to a people who have sense
16:68  And thy Lord inspired the bee, 'Take to houses in the mountains, and in the trees, and in the hives they build
16:69  'Then eat from every fruit, and walk in the beaten paths of thy Lord;' there cometh forth from her body a draught varying in hue, in which is a cure for men; verily, in that are signs unto a people who reflect
16:70  God created you; then He will take you to Himself; but amongst you are some whom He will thrust into the most decrepit age; so that he may not know aught that once he knew. Verily, God is knowing, powerful
16:71  And God has preferred some of you over others in providing for you; but those who have been preferred will not restore their provision to those whom their right hands possess that they may share equally therein:- is it God's favours they gainsay
16:72  And God has made for you from amongst yourselves wives, and has made for you from your wives sons and grandchildren; and has provided you with good things;- is it in vanity that they believe, while for God's favour they are ungrateful
16:73  And they serve beside God what cannot control for them any provision from the heavens or the earth, and have no power at all
16:74  Do not then strike out parables for God! Verily, God knows, but ye do not know
16:75  God has struck out a parable; an owned slave, able to do nothing; and one whom we have provided with a good provision, and who expends therefrom in alms secretly and openly:- shall they be held equal?- Praise be to God, most of them do not know
16:76  And God has struck out a parable: two men, one of them dumb, able to do nothing, a burden to his lord wherever he directs him he comes not with success; is he to be held equal with him who bids what is just and who is on the right way
16:77  God's are the unseen things of the heavens and the earth; nor is the matter of the Hour aught but as the twinkling of an eye, or nigher still! Verily, God is mighty over all
16:78  God brings you forth out of the wombs of your mothers knowing naught; and He makes for you hearing, and sight, and hearts,- haply ye may give thanks
16:79  Do they not see the birds subjected in the vault of the sky?- none holds them in but God: verily, in that is a sign unto a people who believe
16:80  God made for you in your houses a repose; and made for you, of the skins of cattle, houses, that ye may find them light, on the day ye move your quarters and the day when ye abide; and from their wool, and from their fur, and from their hair come furniture and chattels for a season
16:81  And God has made for you, of what He has created, shades; and has made for you shelters in the mountains; and He has made for you shirts to keep you from the heat, and shirts to keep you from each other's violence:- thus does He fulfill His favours towards you,- haply ye yet may be resigned
16:82  But if they turn their backs,- thine is only to preach thy plain message
16:83  They recognise the favours of God, and yet they deny them, for most men are ungrateful
16:84  And on the day when we shall send from every nation a witness; then shall those who misbelieve not be allowed (to excuse themselves), and they shall not be taken back into favour
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16:86  And when those who join their partners with God say, 'Our Lord! these be our partners on whom we used to call beside Thee.' And they shall proffer them the speech, 'Verily, ye are liars!
16:87  And they shall proffer on that day peace unto God; and that which they had devised shall stray away from them
16:88  Those who misbelieve and turn folks off God's path, we will add torment to their torment, for that they were evildoers
16:89  And on the day when we will raise up in every nation a witness against them from among themselves, and we will bring thee as a witness against these;- for we have sent down to thee a book explaining clearly everything, and a guidance, and a mercy, and glad tidings to the believers
16:90  Verily, God bids you do justice and good, and give to kindred (their due), and He forbids you to sin, and do wrong, and oppress; He admonishes you, haply ye may be mindful
16:91  Fulfill God's covenant when ye have covenanted, and break not your oaths after asseverating them, for ye thereby make God your surety; verily, God knows what ye do
16:92  And be not like her who unravels her yarn, fraying it out after she hath spun it close, by taking your oaths for mutual intrigue, because one nation is more numerous than another; God only tries you therewith, but He will make manifest to you on the resurrection day that whereon ye did dispute
16:93  But had God pleased He would have made you one nation; but He leads astray whom He will, and guides whom He will;- but ye shall be questioned as to that which ye have done
16:94  Take not therefore your oaths for mutual intrigue, lest a foot slip after being planted firmly, and ye taste of evil for that ye turned folks off the path of God, and for you there be mighty woe
16:95  And sell not God's covenant for a little price; with God only is what is better for you, if ye did but know
16:96  What ye have is spent, but what God has endures; and we will recompense the patient with their hire for the best deeds they have done
16:97  Whoso acts aright, male or female, and is a believer, we will quicken with a goodly life; and we will recompense them with their hire for the best deeds they have done
16:98  When thou dost read the Qur'an, ask refuge with God from Satan the pelted one
16:99  Verily, he has no power over those who believe and who upon their Lord rely
16:100  His power is only over those who take him for a patron, and over the idolaters
16:101  And whenever we change one verse for another,- God knows best what He sends down. They say, 'Thou art but a forger!' - Nay, most of them do not know
16:102  Say, 'The Holy Spirit brought it down from thy Lord in truth, to stablish those who believe, and for a guidance and glad tidings to those who are resigned.
16:103  We knew that they said, 'It is only some mortal who teaches him.' - The tongue of him they lean towards is barbarous, and this is plain Arabic
16:104  Verily, those who believe not in God's signs, God will not guide them, and for them is grievous woe
16:105  Only they are the forgers of a lie who believe not in God's signs; and these, they are the liars
16:106  Whoso disbelieves in God after having believed, unless it be one who is forced and whose heart is quiet in the faith,- but whoso expands his breast to misbelieve,- on them is wrath from God, and for them is mighty woe
16:107  That is because they preferred the love of this world's life to the next;- but, verily, God guides not the unbelieving people
16:108  These are they on whose hearts, and hearing, and eyesight, God has set a stamp, and these, they are the careless
16:109  Without a doubt that in the next life they will be the losers
16:110  Then, verily, thy Lord, to those who fled after they had been tried, and then fought strenuously and were patient,- verily, thy Lord after that will be forgiving and merciful
16:111  On the day every soul will come to wrangle for itself, and every soul shall be paid what it has earned, and they shall not be wronged
16:112  God has struck out a parable: a city which was safe and quiet, its provision came to it in plenty from every place, and then it denied God's favours, and God made it feel the clothing of hunger and fear, for that which they had wrought
16:113  And there came to them an apostle from amongst themselves, but they called him a liar, and the torment seized them, while yet they were unjust
16:114  Eat, then, from what God has provided you with, things lawful and good, and give thanks for the favours of God, if it be Him ye serve
16:115  He has only forbidden you that which dies of itself, and blood, and the flesh of swine, and that which is devoted to other than God; but he who is forced, neither revolting nor transgressing, it is no sin for him: verily, God is forgiving and merciful
16:116  And say not of the lie your tongues pronounce, 'This is lawful, and this is unlawful,' forging against God a lie; verily, those who forge against God a lie shall not prosper
16:117  A little enjoyment - then for them is grievous woe
16:118  For those who are Jews we have forbidden what we have narrated to thee before; we did not wrong them, but it was themselves they wronged
16:119  Then, verily, thy Lord to those who have done evil in ignorance and then repented after that and done aright,- verily, thy Lord afterwards is forgiving and merciful
16:120  Verily, Abraham was a high priest, a 'Hanif, and was not of the idolaters
16:121  thankful for His favours; He chose him and He guided him unto the right way
16:122  And we gave him in this world good things; and, verily, in the next he will be among the righteous
16:123  Then we inspired thee, 'Follow the faith of Abraham, a 'Hanif, for he was not of the idolaters.
16:124  The Sabbath was only made for those who dispute thereon; but, verily, thy Lord will judge between them on the resurrection day concerning that whereon they do dispute
16:125  Call unto the way of thy Lord with wisdom and goodly warning; and wrangle with them in the kindest way; verily, thy Lord He knows best who has erred from His way, for He knows best the guided ones
16:126  But if ye punish, punish (only) as ye were punished; but if ye are patient, it is best for those who are patient
16:127  Be thou patient then; but thy patience is only in God's hands. Do not grieve about them; and be not in a strait at their craftiness;
16:128  verily, God is with those who fear Him, and with those who do well