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Muhammad Asad
Nay, but [the Last Hour] will come upon them of a sudden, and will stupefy them: and they will be unable to avert it, and neither wilt they be allowed any respite
The Clear Quran, Dr. Mustafa Khattab
In fact, the Hour will take them by surprise, leaving them stunned. So they will not be able to avert it, nor will it be delayed from them.
Safi Kaskas
Rather, it will come to them unexpectedly and bewilder them, and they will not be able to repel it, nor will they be reprieved.

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بَلْ تَأْتِيهِم بَغْتَةً فَتَبْهَتُهُمْ فَلَا يَسْتَطِيعُونَ رَدَّهَا وَلَا هُمْ يُنظَرُون
Transliteration
Bal ta/teehim baghtatan fatabhatuhum fala yastateeAAoona raddaha wala hum yuntharoona
Transliteration-2
bal tatīhim baghtatan fatabhatuhum falā yastaṭīʿūna raddahā walā hum yunẓarūn
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Dr. Shehnaz Shaikh, Ms. Kauser Katri, and more
Nay, it will come to them unexpectedly and bewilder them, then not they will be able to repel it, and not they will be given respite.

Generally Accepted Translations of the Meaning
Muhammad Asad
Nay, but [the Last Hour] will come upon them of a sudden, and will stupefy them: and they will be unable to avert it, and neither wilt they be allowed any respite
M. M. Pickthall
Nay, but it will come upon them unawares so that it will stupefy them, and they will be unable to repel it, neither will they be reprieved
Yusuf Ali (Saudi Rev. 1985)
Nay, it may come to them all of a sudden and confound them: no power will they have then to avert it, nor will they (then) get respite
The Clear Quran, Dr. Mustafa Khattab
In fact, the Hour will take them by surprise, leaving them stunned. So they will not be able to avert it, nor will it be delayed from them.
Safi Kaskas
Rather, it will come to them unexpectedly and bewilder them, and they will not be able to repel it, nor will they be reprieved.
Wahiduddin Khan
Indeed, it will come upon them suddenly and confound them; and they will not be able to ward it off, nor shall they be reprieved
Shakir
Nay, it shall come on them all of a sudden and cause them to become confounded, so they shall not have the power to avert it, nor shall they be respited
Dr. Laleh Bakhtiar
Nay! It will approach them suddenly. Then, it will dumfound them so they will not be able to come back nor will they be given respite.
T.B.Irving
Rather it will come upon them suddenly and dumbfound them; they will not manage to cast it off nor will they be allowed to wait.
Abdul Hye
Nay, it (the fire) will come to them all of a sudden and will perplex them, so they will neither be able to avert it nor they will get any respite.
The Study Quran
Nay, but it will come upon them suddenly, and confound them. Then they will not be able to repel it, nor will they be granted respite
Dr. Kamal Omar
Nay, (the Event) will come to them all of a sudden and it will perplex them, and they will have no power to avert it, and nor they would be sanctioned any respite
Farook Malik
Nay, it will come to them all of a sudden and overpower them so abruptly that they shall neither be able to avert it nor shall they get any respite
Talal A. Itani (new translation)
In fact, it will come upon them suddenly, and bewilder them. They will not be able to repel it, and they will not be reprieved
Muhammad Mahmoud Ghali
No indeed, it will come up to them suddenly; then it will dumbfound them, so they shall not be able to turn it back, and they will not be respited
Muhammad Sarwar
The fire will suddenly strike and confound them. They will not be able to repel it, nor will they be given any respite
Muhammad Taqi Usmani
Rather, it will come upon them suddenly and will baffle them. So they will not be able to turn it back, nor will they be given respite
Shabbir Ahmed
Nay, but it will come upon them suddenly, that it will stun them. They will be unable to repel it, nor will they be given any more respite
Dr. Munir Munshey
It will come upon them all of a sudden, and it will bewilder them. They will be unable to turn it away, and they shall have no respite (another chance)
Syed Vickar Ahamed
No, it may come to them all of a sudden and imprison them: No power will they have then to turn it away, nor will they (then) get relief
Umm Muhammad (Sahih International)
Rather, it will come to them unexpectedly and bewilder them, and they will not be able to repel it, nor will they be reprieved
[The Monotheist Group] (2011 Edition)
No, it will come to them suddenly. And they will not be able to turn it away, nor will they be delayed
Abdel Haleem
It will come upon them suddenly and stupefy them; they will be powerless to push it away; they will not be reprieved
Abdul Majid Daryabadi
Aye! it would come upon them on a sudden and shall dumbfound them; they shall not be able to avert it, nor shall they be respited
Ahmed Ali
It will come upon them unawares confounding them, and they will not be able to keep it back, nor will they be given respite
Aisha Bewley
No, it will come upon them suddenly, confounding them, taking them completely by surprise, and they will not be able to ward it off. They will be granted no reprieve.
Ali Ünal
But it will come upon them all of a sudden and dumbfound them. They will not be able to avert it, nor will they be given respite to escape it
Ali Quli Qara'i
Rather it will overtake them suddenly, dumbfounding them. So neither will they be able to avert it, nor will they be granted any respite
Hamid S. Aziz
Nay, it shall come on them unawares, and shall dumbfound them, and they shall not be able to repel it, nor shall they be reprieved
Ali Bakhtiari Nejad
No, but it (punishment) comes to them suddenly and stuns them and they cannot repel it and they are not given any delay
A.L. Bilal Muhammad et al (2018)
No, it may come to them all of a sudden and as a shock to them. Then no power will they have to avert it, nor will they have respite
Musharraf Hussain
It will come unexpectedly, taking them by surprise, they won’t be able to get away, nor get any relief.
Maududi
That will suddenly come upon them and stupefy them. They shall not be able to ward it off, nor shall they be granted any respite
[The Monotheist Group] (2013 Edition)
No,it will come to them suddenly. And they will not be able to turn it away, nor will they be delayed.
Mohammad Shafi
But it (the time mentioned in Verse above) shall come on them all of a sudden and catch them unawares. And they shall not be able to avert it. And they shall not be given any respite

Controversial or status undetermined works
Ahmed Raza Khan (Barelvi)
Rather it will come to them all of a sudden, then it will confound them, and they will not be able to avert it and nor they will be given respite.
Rashad Khalifa
Indeed, it will come to them suddenly, and they will be utterly stunned. They can neither avoid it, nor can they receive any respite.
Hasan Al-Fatih Qaribullah
It will overtake them suddenly, dumbfounding them. They shall be unable to ward it off, and they shall not be respited
Maulana Muhammad Ali
Nay, it will come to them all of a sudden and confound them, so they will not have the power to avert it, nor will they be respited
Muhammad Ahmed - Samira
But it comes to them suddenly/unexpectedly, so it amazes/surprises them, so they are not able (of) its return/returning it, and nor they be given time
Bijan Moeinian
The catastrophe will take place all of a sudden. They will be so surprised that they cannot avoid it. The Event will not be postponed either
Faridul Haque
In fact it will suddenly come upon them, therefore shocking them, and they will not be able to repel it nor will they be given respite
Sher Ali
Nay, it will come upon them unawares so that it will utterly confound them; and they will not be able to repel it, nor will they be granted respite
Dr. Mohammad Tahir-ul-Qadri
In fact, it (the Last Day) will come upon them all of a sudden and stun them. So neither will they have the power to avert it, nor will they be granted respite
Amatul Rahman Omar
Nay it (- the punishment) shall come upon them unawares, so that it will confound them completely, and they will not be able to avert it and no respite shall be given them
Muhsin Khan & Muhammad al-Hilali
Nay, it (the Fire or the Day of Resurrection) will come upon them all of a sudden and will perplex them, and they will have no power to avert it, nor will they get respite

Non-Muslim and/or Orientalist works
Arthur John Arberry
Nay, but it shall come upon them suddenly, dumbfounding them, and they shall not be able to repel it, nor shall they be respited
George Sale
But the day of vengeance shall come upon them suddenly, and shall strike them with astonishment: They shall not be able to avert it; neither shall they be respited
Edward Henry Palmer
Nay, it shall come on them suddenly, and shall dumbfounder them, and they shall not be able to repel it, nor shall they be respited
John Medows Rodwell
But it shall come on them suddenly and shall confound them; and they shall not be able to put it back, neither shall they be respited
N J Dawood (2014)
Indeed, it will overtake them unawares and stupefy them. They shall have no power to ward it off, nor shall they be reprieved

New, Partial, or In Progress Translations
Linda “iLHam” Barto
It will come upon them suddenly and overwhelm them. They will have no power to avert it, and they will get no reprieve.
Sayyid Qutb
Indeed, it will come upon them of a sudden, and will stupefy them. They will be unable to avert it, nor will they be allowed any respite.
Ahmed Hulusi
Rather, it (the fulfillment of the promise through death, the disconnection caused by the loss of life in the body) will come to them suddenly and confound them! And they will neither have the power to ward it off nor will they be reprieved.
Sayyed Abbas Sadr-Ameli
Nay, but it (the Fire) will come to them all of a sudden and make them confounded, so they will neither be able to repel it, nor will they be respited
Al-muntakhab fi tafsir al-Qur'an al-Karim
It shall surprise them. Pale and dumb, they shall stand confused and confounded unable to avert it nor shall they be granted respite
Mir Aneesuddin
Had those who do not believe but known the time when they will not be able to stop the fire from their faces and from their backs and they will not be helped (they would not have asked you such a question).

Obsolete and/or older editions
Yusuf Ali (Orig. 1938)
Nay, it may come to them all of a sudden and confound them: no power will they have then to avert it, nor will they (then) get respite
OLD Literal Word for Word
Nay, it will come to them unexpectedly and bewilder them, then not they will be able to repel it, and not they will be given respite