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38:1  SAD. I CALL to witness the admonishing Qur'an
38:2  But the unbelievers are still full of pride and hostility
38:3  How many generations have We destroyed before them who cried (for mercy) when it was too late for escape
38:4  They were surprised that one of them had come to them as warner; and the unbelievers said: "He is a deceiving sorcerer
38:5  Has he turned so many gods into one deity? This is indeed a strange thing!"
38:6  And their leading chiefs said: "Remain attached to your gods. There is surely some motive behind it
38:7  We never heard of it in the former faith. It is surely a fabrication
38:8  To him of all of us has the Reminder been sent down?" They are still in doubt about My admonition; but they have not tasted My punishment yet
38:9  Do they have the stores of the mercy of your Lord, the mighty and munificent
38:10  Or is the kingdom of the heavens and the earth and all that lies between them, theirs? Then let them climb up the ladders (to the heavens)
38:11  They will be one more army vanquished among the many routed hordes
38:12  Even before them the people of Noah, 'Ad, the mighty Pharoah
38:13  And the Thamud, the people of Lot, as well as the dwellers of the Wood, had denied. These were the hordes
38:14  Of all these there was not one who did not deny the messengers. So My retribution was justified
38:15  They await but a single blast which will not be repeated
38:16  Still they say: "O Lord, give us our share before the Day of Reckoning."
38:17  Bear with patience what they say, and remember Our votary David, man of strength. He surely turned to Us in penitence
38:18  We subjugated the chiefs (of tribes) to struggle day and night with him
38:19  And the levied Tair. They were all obedient to him
38:20  So We further strengthened his kingdom, and bestowed wisdom on him, and judgement in legal matters
38:21  Have you heard of the litigants who jumped over the wall into his chamber
38:22  When they came before David, he was frightened of them. "Do not be afraid," they said. "The two of us are disputing the wrong one has done the other. So judge between us with equity, and do not be unjust, and guide us to the right path
38:23  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."
38:24  (David) said: "He is unjust in demanding your ewe to add to his (many) ewes. Many partners are surely -- unjust to one another, except those who believe and do the right; but there are only a few of them." It occurred to David that he was being tried by Us, and he begged his Lord to forgive him, and fell down in homage and repented
38:25  So We forgave him. He has surely a high rank with Us and an excellent place of return
38:26  "O David, We have made you trustee on the earth. So judge between men equitably, and do not follow your lust lest it should lead you astray from the way of God. Surely for those who go astray from the way of God, is severe punishment, for having forgotten the Day of Reckoning
38:27  We have not created the heavens and the earth and all that lies between them, all for nothing. Only those who deny imagine so. So for the unbelievers there is woe from the fire
38:28  Should We equate those who do the right with those who spread corruption in the land? Should We make those who are morally integrated equal to those who seek disintegration
38:29  We have sent down a Book to you which is blessed, so that people may apply their minds to its revelations, and the men of wisdom may reflect
38:30  We bestowed Solomon on David who was an excellent devotee, for he turned to God in penitence
38:31  When they brought fleet-footed chargers in the evening to show him
38:32  He said: "The love of horses is worthy of desire to me for the remembrance of my Lord;" and when they were out of sight, (he said)
38:33  "Bring them back to me," and he began to rub and stroke their shanks and necks
38:34  We surely tried Solomon, and placed another body on his throne. So he turned to Go
38:35  Saying: "O Lord, forgive me, and give me such a dominion as none will merit after me. You are the great bestower."
38:36  So we subjugated the wind to his service which carried his merchandise wheresoever he wished
38:37  And the devils -- the builders and divers of all kinds
38:38  And many others bound in bond
38:39  "This is Our gift," (We said to him), "so bestow freely or withhold without reckoning."
38:40  He has a high position with Us and an excellent abode
38:41  Remember Our votary Job because he called to his Lord: "Satan has afflicted me with disease and distress."
38:42  "Go swiftly to the spring," (We said). "This cold water is for bathing and for drinking."
38:43  We restored his family to him with others similar to them, as a blessing from Us and a reminder for men of wisdom. -
38:44  "Take a handful of herbs," (We said to him), and apply and rub them, and do not make a mistake." We found him patient in adversity, an excellent devotee, always turning in repentance
38:45  Remember Our votaries Abraham, Isaac and Jacob, men of power and insight
38:46  We distinguished them for the distinct remembrance of the abode (of the Hereafter)
38:47  They are the chosen ones, the excellent in Our sight
38:48  And remember Ishmael, Elisha and Dhu'l-Kifl. Every one of them is among the best
38:49  This is a commemoration. Surely for those who take heed for themselves is an excellent place of return -
38:50  Gardens of Eden with gates open wide to them
38:51  Where they will take their ease, calling for fruits in plenty, and for wine
38:52  With companions of modest look, the same in age, by their side
38:53  This is what is promised you for the Day of Reckoning
38:54  This is surely Our provision never-ending
38:55  This (for the virtuous); but for the transgressors the evil destination
38:56  Hell, in which they will burn. How vile a resting place
38:57  There will be boiling water for them and cold, clammy, fetid drink to taste
38:58  And other similar torments
38:59  Here is a multitude rushing headlong with you. There is no welcome for them. They will roast in the fire
38:60  They will say: "In fact, it is you who will have no welcome. It is you who brought this upon us. What an evil place of rest!"
38:61  They will say: "O Lord, give him who has brought this upon us two times more the torment of Hell;"
38:62  And will add: "O what has happened to us that we do not see the men we counted among the wicked
38:63  Did we laugh at them (for nothing), or our eyes fail to pick them out?"
38:64  This contending of the inmates of Hell will surely be real
38:65  Say: "I am only a warner, and there is no other god but God, the one, the omnipotent
38:66  Lord of the heavens and the earth and all that lies between them, all-mighty, all-forgiving."
38:67  Say: "This is a momentous message
38:68  To which you pay no heed
38:69  I had no knowledge of the higher Assembly when they discussed it among themselves
38:70  Only this has been revealed to me that I am a distinct warner
38:71  When your Lord said to the angels: "I am going to create a man from clay
38:72  And when I have made him and have breathed into him of My spirit. Fall down in homage before him."
38:73  Then the angels bowed before him in a body
38:74  Except Iblis. He was filled with pride and turned an unbeliever
38:75  Said (God): "O Iblis, what hindered you from adoring what I created by My own authority? Are you too proud, or too high and mighty?"
38:76  He said: "I am better than he. You created me from fire, and him from clay."
38:77  (God) said: "Then go hence, ostracised
38:78  Upon you will be My damnation till the Day of Doom."
38:79  He said: "O Lord, give me respite till the day the dead rise from their graves."
38:80  (God) said: "You have the respit
38:81  Till the appointed day."
38:82  He said: "By Your authority, I will lead them astray
38:83  Other than the chosen ones among Your creatures."
38:84  (God) said: "This is right by Me, and what I say is right
38:85  I will fill up Hell with you together with those who follow you."
38:86  Say: "I do not ask any compensation of you for it, nor am I a specious pretender
38:87  This is only a warning for mankind
38:88  You will come to know its truth in time."