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Muhammad Asad
And they [who now deny the truth - they, too,] have but to wait for one single blast [of punishment to overtake them]: it shall not be delayed a whit
The Clear Quran, Dr. Mustafa Khattab
These ˹pagans˺ are awaiting nothing but a single Blast that cannot be stopped.
Safi Kaskas
And these, too, [who now deny the truth] are only awaiting a single blast, which will not be stopped.

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Arabic
وَمَا يَنظُرُ هَٰؤُلَاءِ إِلَّا صَيْحَةً وَاحِدَةً مَّا لَهَا مِن فَوَاق
Transliteration
Wama yanthuru haola-i illa sayhatan wahidatan ma laha min fawaqin
Transliteration-2
wamā yanẓuru hāulāi illā ṣayḥatan wāḥidatan mā lahā min fawāqi
Word for Word
Dr. Shehnaz Shaikh, Ms. Kauser Katri, and more
And not await these but a shout one; not for it any delay.

Generally Accepted Translations of the Meaning
Muhammad Asad
And they [who now deny the truth - they, too,] have but to wait for one single blast [of punishment to overtake them]: it shall not be delayed a whit
M. M. Pickthall
These wait for but one Shout, there will be no second thereto
Yusuf Ali (Saudi Rev. 1985)
These (today) only wait for a single mighty Blast, which (when it comes) will brook no delay
The Clear Quran, Dr. Mustafa Khattab
These ˹pagans˺ are awaiting nothing but a single Blast that cannot be stopped.
Safi Kaskas
And these, too, [who now deny the truth] are only awaiting a single blast, which will not be stopped.
Wahiduddin Khan
they have only to wait for one single blast [of punishment]: it shall not be delayed by one whit
Shakir
Nor do these await aught but a single cry, there being no delay in it
Dr. Laleh Bakhtiar
These expect not but one Cry. There was no holding it back.
T.B.Irving
Those persons only await a single Blast which will [allow for] no delay.
Abdul Hye
These people wait nothing but only for a single shout; it has no pause of ending
The Study Quran
They await naught but a single cry for which there is no delay
Dr. Kamal Omar
And all these await not but a single blast (a wild sound); (there is) no pause or interruption applicable to it
Farook Malik
These people also await nothing but a single mighty Blast - the one which none may retard
Talal A. Itani (new translation)
These can expect only a single scream, from which there is no recovery
Muhammad Mahmoud Ghali
And in no way are these looking for anything except one Shout; in no way is there any recovery from it
Muhammad Sarwar
They had only to wait for the single inevitable blast
Muhammad Taqi Usmani
And these people are waiting for nothing but for a single Cry (the sound of the Trumpet to be blown on Doomsday) that will have no pause
Shabbir Ahmed
Now these people only wait a single Blast from which they recover not
Dr. Munir Munshey
Now, what these people here (have been warned about and) are waiting for is nothing but a single mighty blast. There won´t be (the need for) a second blast
Syed Vickar Ahamed
And these (people) only wait for a single Blast, which (is blown by Angel Israfil) will tolerate no delay
Umm Muhammad (Sahih International)
And these [disbelievers] await not but one blast [of the Horn]; for it there will be no delay
[The Monotheist Group] (2011 Edition)
And what these people are waiting for is a single scream, from which they will not recover
Abdel Haleem
all the disbelievers here are waiting for is a single blast that cannot be postponed
Abdul Majid Daryabadi
And these wait but for one shout, wherefrom there will be no deferment
Ahmed Ali
They await but a single blast which will not be repeated
Aisha Bewley
These people too are only awaiting a single Blast and it will not be repeated.
Ali Ünal
These wait but for a single blast, which will tolerate no delay (to give them respite)
Ali Quli Qara'i
These do not await but a single Cry which will not grant any respite
Hamid S. Aziz
These wait aught but a single Shout, which brooks no delay
Ali Bakhtiari Nejad
And these are only awaiting a single awesome roar, which there would not be any delay for it (or any comeback)
A.L. Bilal Muhammad et al (2018)
They must only wait for a single mighty blast, and there will be no delay
Musharraf Hussain
And the Makkans can expect a single Blast that will not be postponed.
Maududi
They are waiting for nothing except a single Cry, after which there will be no second Cry
[The Monotheist Group] (2013 Edition)
And what these people are waiting for is a single scream, from which they will not recover
Mohammad Shafi
And these people (of this age) need wait for no more than one single blast (to be annihilated)

Controversial or status undetermined works
Ahmed Raza Khan (Barelvi)
They wait not but of a single roaring cry which no one can turn away.
Rashad Khalifa
These people can expect a single blow, from which they never recover.
Hasan Al-Fatih Qaribullah
These only wait for a single Shout for which there will be no delay
Maulana Muhammad Ali
And these wait but for one cry, wherein there is no delay
Muhammad Ahmed - Samira
And those do not look/see/watch except (for) one loud strong cry/torture raid, (there is) nothing from (a) recovery/awakening for it
Bijan Moeinian
Today’s disbelievers, too, deserve a single blast enough for their annihilation [so that they get no more relief.]
Faridul Haque
They await just one Scream, which no one can avert
Sher Ali
And these now wait only for a single blast, and there shall be no delaying it
Dr. Mohammad Tahir-ul-Qadri
And all of them are waiting for a single mighty blast (shout) in which there will be no deferment
Amatul Rahman Omar
And also for these (people of your time) awaits a sudden punishment which shall know no pause
Muhsin Khan & Muhammad al-Hilali
And these only wait for a single Saihah (shout (i.e. the blowing of the Trumpet by the angel Israfil Sarafil)) there will be no pause or ending thereto (till everything will perish except Allah (the only God full of Majesty, Bounty and Honour))

Non-Muslim and/or Orientalist works
Arthur John Arberry
These are only awaiting for a single Cry, to which there is no delay
George Sale
And these wait only for one sounding of the trumpet; which there shall be no deferring
Edward Henry Palmer
Do these await aught else but one noise for which there shall be no pause
John Medows Rodwell
And these (Meccans) await but one single trumpet blast - There shall be no delaying it
N J Dawood (2014)
Yet these are waiting but for a single cry ― which none may retard

New, Partial, or In Progress Translations
Linda “iLHam” Barto
These wait only for a single blast which will allow no delay.
Sayyid Qutb
These, too, have but to wait for one single blast; and it shall not be delayed.
Ahmed Hulusi
They only await a single cry (death) for which there is never delay.
Sayyed Abbas Sadr-Ameli
And these (infidels) do not wait aught but a single blast, which (when it comes) will brook no delay.
Al-muntakhab fi tafsir al-Qur'an al-Karim
And what do these people -The Qurashites- expect but a single call as loud as the trumpet's blast
Mir Aneesuddin
And they do not wait for anything but a single loud cry, for which there will be no pause.

Obsolete and/or older editions
Yusuf Ali (Orig. 1938)
These (today) only wait for a single mighty Blast, which (when it comes) will brook no delay
OLD Literal Word for Word
And not await these but a shout one; not for it any delay