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AYAH Sad 38:23 

Arabic Source and Roman Transliteration
Arabic إِنَّ هَٰذَا أَخِي لَهُ تِسْعٌ وَتِسْعُونَ نَعْجَةً وَلِيَ نَعْجَةٌ وَاحِدَةٌ فَقَالَ أَكْفِلْنِيهَا وَعَزَّنِي فِي الْخِطَابِ zoom
Transliteration Inna hatha akhee lahu tisAAun watisAAoona naAAjatan waliya naAAjatun wahidatun faqala akfilneeha waAAazzanee fee alkhitabi zoom
Transliteration-2 inna hādhā akhī lahu tis'ʿun watis'ʿūna naʿjatan waliya naʿjatun wāḥidatun faqāla akfil'nīhā waʿazzanī fī l-khiṭābi zoom
Literal
(Word by Word)
 Indeed, this (is) my brother, he has ninety-nine ewe(s) while I have ewe one; so he said, "Entrust her to me," and he overpowered in [the] speech." zoom


Generally Accepted Translations of the Meaning
Muhammad Asad “Behold, this is my brother: he has ninety-nine ewes, whereas I have [only] one ewe - and yet he said, ‘Make her over to me,’ and forcibly prevailed against me in this [our] dispute.” zoom
M. M. Pickthall Lo! this my brother hath ninety and nine ewes while I had one ewe; and he said: Entrust it to me, and he conquered me in speech. zoom
Yusuf Ali (Saudi Rev. 1985) "This man is my brother: He has nine and ninety ewes, and I have (but) one: Yet he says, 'commit her to my care,' and is (moreover) harsh to me in speech." zoom
Yusuf Ali (Orig. 1938) "This man is my brother: He has nine and ninety ewes, and I have (but) one: Yet he says, 'commit her to my care,' and is (moreover) harsh to me in speech." zoom
Shakir Surely this is my brother; he has ninety-nine ewes and I have a single ewe; but he said: Make it over to me, and he has prevailed against me in discourse. zoom
Wahiduddin Khan This brother of mine has ninety-nine ewes and I have only one. He said, Let me have charge of it, and got the better of me with his words. zoom
Dr. Laleh Bakhtiar Truly, this is my brother. He has ninety-nine ewe, while I have one ewe. And he said: Place it in my charge and he triumphed over me in argument. zoom
T.B.Irving "This is my brother; he has ninety-nine ewes while I have but a single ewe. He has said: "Turn her over to me," and has spoken harshly to me." zoom
The Clear Quran, Dr. Mustafa Khattab This is my brother. He has ninety-nine sheep while I have ˹only˺ one. ˹Still˺ he asked me to give it up to him, overwhelming me with ˹his˺ argument.” zoom
Safi Kaskas This is my brother. He has ninety-nine ewes, and I have one ewe, so he said, 'Entrust it to me,' and got the better of me with his words." zoom
Abdul Hye  Surely, this is my brother (in religion), he has 99 ewes (female sheep), while I have only one ewe. Yet he says: ‘Hand it over to me, and he overpowered me in speech.’” zoom
The Study Quran Behold, this, my brother, has ninety-nine ewes, and I have one ewe. Yet he has said, ‘Place her under my care,’ and has overpowered me in speech.” zoom
[The Monotheist Group] (2011 Edition) "This is my brother and he owns ninety nine lambs, while I own one lamb; so he said to me: 'Let me take care of it' and he pressured me." zoom
Abdel Haleem This is my brother. He had ninety-nine ewes and I just the one, and he said, “Let me take charge of her,” and overpowered me with his words.’ zoom
Abdul Majid Daryabadi Verily this my brother hath nine and ninety ewes while I have one ewe; and he saith: entrust it to me, and he hath prevailed upon me in speech. zoom
Ahmed Ali This man here is my brother. He has ninety and nine ewes while I have only one. He demands that I should give him my ewe, and wants to get the better of me in argument." zoom
Aisha Bewley This brother of mine has ninety-nine ewes and I have only one. He said, "Let me have charge of it," and got the better of me with his words.´ zoom
Ali Ünal (One of them explained the case): "This is my brother: He has ninety-nine ewes, and I have but one. Then he said, ‘Make it over to me,’ and he overpowered me in (force of) speech." zoom
Ali Quli Qara'i ‘Indeed this brother of mine has ninety-nine ewes, while I have only a single ewe, and [yet] he says, ‘Commit it to my care,’ and he browbeats me in speech.’ zoom
Hamid S. Aziz "Lo! This is my brother; he has ninety-nine ewes and I have but one; but he said, ´Give to me´, and he has prevailed against me in discourse." zoom
Muhammad Mahmoud Ghali Surely this my brother has ninety-nine ewes, and I have one ewe. So he said to me, ‘Let me be her sponsor’ and he got the better of me in speech." (Literally: was mightier in the address) zoom
Muhammad Sarwar One of them said, "This is my brother who has ninety-nine ewes when I have only one. He has demanded me to place that one in his custody; he had the stronger argument". zoom
Muhammad Taqi Usmani This is my brother; he has ninety nine ewes, and I have a single ewe; still he said, ‘Give it into my charge.‘ And he overpowered me in speech. zoom
Shabbir Ahmed One of them said, "Behold, this my brother has ninety nine farms, whereas I have only one. And yet he says, 'Give it over to me', and he dominates me in eloquence." ('Na'jah' = Ewe = Female sheep or deer = Agricultural farm). zoom
Syed Vickar Ahamed "Verily, this man is my brother (in religion): He has ninety and nine ewes (female sheep), and I have (only) one: Yet he says; 'Leave her (the one sheep) to me,' and (also he) is rude to me when he talks." zoom
Umm Muhammad (Sahih International) Indeed this, my brother, has ninety-nine ewes, and I have one ewe; so he said, 'Entrust her to me,' and he overpowered me in speech." zoom
Farook Malik This man is my brother; he has ninety nine ewes while I have only one ewe. Yet he says: 'Turn her over to me' and he has the means to prevail against me in what he says." zoom
Dr. Munir Munshey One of them said, "This, here, is my brother. He had ninety-nine lambs, while I had only one lamb. Yet he said to me, ´Hand over your lamb to me.´ He persuaded (and prevailed over) me with his (eloquent) speech." zoom
Dr. Kamal Omar Verily, this is my brother; unto him are nine plus ninety ewes, while for me, one ewe (only). But he said: ' Hand over its control to me,' and he had been harsh to me in speech." zoom
Talal A. Itani (new translation) 'This brother of mine has ninety nine ewes, and I have one ewe, and he said, 'Entrust it to me,' and he pressured me with words.' zoom
Maududi Behold, this is my brother; he has ninety-nine ewes and I have only one ewe." And yet he said: "Give her into my charge," and he got the better of me in argument. zoom
Ali Bakhtiari Nejad Indeed this is my brother, and he has ninety nine female sheep and I have a single female sheep and he says put her in my care, and he overpowers me in the speech. zoom
A.L. Bilal Muhammad et al (2018) “This person is my brother. He has nine and ninety ewes, and I have one. Yet he says, ‘commit her to my care’, and is harsh to me in speech.” zoom
[The Monotheist Group] (2013 Edition) "This is my brother and he owns ninety-nine lambs, while I own one lamb; so he said to me: "'Let me take care of it' and he pressured me." zoom
Mohammad Shafi "This man here is my brother. He has ninety-nine ewes, whereas I have one ewe. And he asks me to hand over to him even the one I have. And he prevailed over me in the discourse we had." zoom

Controversial, deprecated, or status undetermined works
Bijan Moeinian One of them said: “This brother of mine owns ship and I own only one. Now he is asking me to give him my only ship [as he can take better care of it!]” zoom
Faridul Haque “This is my brother; he has ninety nine ewes and I have one ewe; and he now says ‘Give that one also to me’ - and he is very demanding in speech.” zoom
Hasan Al-Fatih Qaribullah This, my brother has ninetynine ewes, but I have only one ewe (a female sheep). He said: "Give her into my keeping" and overcame me in the argument. ' zoom
Maulana Muhammad Ali This is my brother. He has ninety-nine ewes and I have a single ewe. Then he said, Make it over to me, and he has prevailed against me in dispute. zoom
Muhammad Ahmed - Samira That, this (is) my brother for him (are) nine and ninety ewes/female sheep, and for me (is) one ewe/female sheep. So he said: 'Let me sponsor/maintain it.' And he overwhelmed me in the speech/conversation . zoom
Sher Ali `Now this my brother has ninety-nine ewes, and I have only one ewe. Yet he says, `Give it to me,' and he has been overbearing to me in his address.' zoom
Rashad Khalifa "This brother of mine owns ninety nine sheep, while I own one sheep. He wants to mix my sheep with his, and continues to pressure me." zoom
Ahmed Raza Khan (Barelvi) Undoubtedly, this is my brother, he has ninety-nine ewes and I have one ewe, now he says entrust this one also to me and presses me in speech. zoom
Amatul Rahman Omar `(The case of the litigation is that,) this is my brother. He has ninety nine ewes while I have one ewe; still he says, "Make it over to me," and he has been prevailing by his arguments upon me.' zoom
Dr. Mohammad Tahir-ul-Qadri Surely, he is my brother; he has ninety-nine ewes and I have only one ewe. Yet he says: ‘Give it (also) to me,’ and he suppresses me in conversation (as well). zoom
Muhsin Khan & Muhammad al-Hilali Verily, this my brother (in religion) has ninety nine ewes, while I have (only) one ewe, and he says: "Hand it over to me, and he overpowered me in speech." zoom

Non-Muslim and/or Orientalist works
Arthur John Arberry 'Behold, this my brother has ninety-nine ewes, and I have one ewe. So he said, "Give her into my charge"; and he overcame me in the argument.' zoom
Edward Henry Palmer Verily, this is my brother: be had ninety-nine ewes and I had one ewe; and he said, "Give her over to my charge;" and he overcame me in the discourse.' zoom
George Sale This my brother had ninety and nine sheep; and I had only one ewe: And he said, give her me to keep; and he prevailed against me in the discourse which we had together. zoom
John Medows Rodwell Now this my brother had ninety and nine ewes, and I had but a single ewe; and he said, make me her keeper. And he over-persuaded me in the dispute." zoom
N J Dawood (2014) My brother here has ninety-nine ewes, but I have only one ewe². He demanded that I should entrust it to him, and got the better of me in the dispute.‘ zoom

New and/or Partial Translations, and works in progress
Sayyid Qutb This is my brother: he has ninety-nine ewes and I have only one ewe. Yet he said: “Let me take charge of her,” and has been hard on me in his speech.' zoom
Ahmed Hulusi “Indeed this, my brother, has ninety-nine ewes, and I have one ewe, so he said, ‘Give her to me’ and made me do so!” zoom
Sayyed Abbas Sadr-Ameli Verily this my brother has ninety nine ewes, and I have (only) one ewe, but he says: Give her into my charge and he overcame me in the argument. zoom
Al-muntakhab fi tafsir al-Qur'an al-Karim "This is my brother", the claimant said, "who owns ninety nine ewes and I own only one single ewe. He asked me to entrust it to him and commit her to his care and he was rather persuasive. zoom
Mir Aneesuddin This brother of mine, certainly has ninety and nine ewes and I have (only) one ewe, so he says: Entrust it to me; and shows his might on me in the affair.” zoom

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