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Muhammad Asad
But then, is he that goes along with his face close to the ground better guided than he that walks upright on a straight way
The Clear Quran, Dr. Mustafa Khattab
Who is ˹rightly˺ guided: the one who crawls facedown or the one who walks upright on the Straight Path?
Safi Kaskas
Is he who walks, stumbles and falls on his face better guided or he who walks upright on a straight path?

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Arabic
أَفَمَن يَمْشِي مُكِبًّا عَلَىٰ وَجْهِهِ أَهْدَىٰ أَمَّن يَمْشِي سَوِيًّا عَلَىٰ صِرَاطٍ مُّسْتَقِيم
Transliteration
Afaman yamshee mukibban AAala wajhihi ahda amman yamshee sawiyyan AAala siratin mustaqeemin
Transliteration-2
afaman yamshī mukibban ʿalā wajhihi ahdā amman yamshī sawiyyan ʿalā ṣirāṭin mus'taqīmi
Word for Word
Dr. Shehnaz Shaikh, Ms. Kauser Katri, and more
Then is he who walks fallen on his face better guided, or (he) who walks upright on (the) Path Straight?

Generally Accepted Translations of the Meaning
Muhammad Asad
But then, is he that goes along with his face close to the ground better guided than he that walks upright on a straight way
M. M. Pickthall
Is he who goeth groping on his face more rightly guided, or he who walketh upright on a straight road
Yusuf Ali (Saudi Rev. 1985)
Is then one who walks headlong, with his face grovelling, better guided,- or one who walks evenly on a Straight Way
The Clear Quran, Dr. Mustafa Khattab
Who is ˹rightly˺ guided: the one who crawls facedown or the one who walks upright on the Straight Path?
Safi Kaskas
Is he who walks, stumbles and falls on his face better guided or he who walks upright on a straight path?
Wahiduddin Khan
Is he who walks grovelling upon his face better guided, or he who walks upright upon a straight path
Shakir
What! is he who goes prone upon his face better guided or he who walks upright upon a straight path
Dr. Laleh Bakhtiar
Then is whoever walks as one who is prone on his face better guided, or he who walks without fault on a straight path?
T.B.Irving
And is someone who walks along with his face bent down better guided than someone who walks properly along a Straight Road?
Abdul Hye
Who is more rightly guided: one who walks with his face bend down without seeing, or the one who sees and walks upright on a Right Way?
The Study Quran
Is one who walks with his face stooped down more guided, or one who walks upright upon a straight path
Dr. Kamal Omar
So then that one who is grovelling on his face is better guided or he who walks upright on a Permanent Path
Farook Malik
Just think, who is rightly guided: he who walks with his face bent down, or he who walks properly on an even path
Talal A. Itani (new translation)
Is he who walks bent on his own design better guided, or he who walks upright on a straight path
Muhammad Mahmoud Ghali
Then, is he who walks tossed down upon his face better guided than he who walks (perfectly) level on a straight Path
Muhammad Sarwar
Can one who walks with his head hanging down be better guided that one who walks with his head upright
Muhammad Taqi Usmani
Then, is the one who walks falling down (frequently) on his face more right or the one who walks properly on a straight path
Shabbir Ahmed
Is the one who goes prone on his face close to the ground (like an earthworm), better guided or one who walks straight on the Straight Path
Dr. Munir Munshey
So who (do you think) is better guided? The one crawling on his face groping (to find his way), or the one walking upright along the straight path?"
Syed Vickar Ahamed
Is then (the man) who walks headlong, with his face bitter and marred, better guided— Or the one who walks evenly on the Straight Path
Umm Muhammad (Sahih International)
Then is one who walks fallen on his face better guided or one who walks erect on a straight path
[The Monotheist Group] (2011 Edition)
Is one who walks while his face is slumped better guided, or one who walks straight on the right pat
Abdel Haleem
Who is better guided: someone who falls on his face, or someone who walks steadily on a straight path
Abdul Majid Daryabadi
Is he, then, who goeth about grovelling upon his face better directed, or he who walketh evenly on a straight path
Ahmed Ali
Will he find the way who grovels flat on his face, or he who walks straight on the right path
Aisha Bewley
Who is better guided: he who goes grovelling on his face or he who walks upright on a straight path?
Ali Ünal
(Now consider:) Is one who goes prone upon his face (with no breadth or depth to his line of sight, barely seeing what is touching his face) better guided, or one who goes upright (with a clear line of sight to what is ahead of him) on a straight path
Ali Quli Qara'i
Is he who walks prone on his face better guided, or he who walks upright on a straight path
Hamid S. Aziz
What! Is he who goes prone upon his face better guided or he who walks upright upon a Straight Way
Ali Bakhtiari Nejad
Is someone who walks with his face downward better guided or someone who walks properly on a straight path
A.L. Bilal Muhammad et al (2018)
Is then one who walks headlong with his face groveling better guided or one who walks evenly on a straight path
Musharraf Hussain
Who is more guided: the one who walks grovelling, looking down and falls flat on his face, or the one who walks upright on a straight path?
Maududi
Who is better guided: he who walks grovelling on his face, or he who walks upright on a Straight Path
[The Monotheist Group] (2013 Edition)
Is one who walks while his face is slumped better guided, or one who walks straight on the right path
Mohammad Shafi
Is he who walks falling on his face [stumbling] better guided, or he who walks upright on a straight road

Controversial or status undetermined works
Ahmed Raza Khan (Barelvi)
Is he who walks prone on his face better guided than he who walks upright on a straight path?
Rashad Khalifa
Is one who walks while slumped over on his face better guided, or one who walks straight on the right path?
Hasan Al-Fatih Qaribullah
What, is he who walks, falling upon his face, more guided than he who walks upright on a Straight Path
Maulana Muhammad Ali
Is, then, he who goes prone upon his face better guided or he who walks upright on a straight path
Muhammad Ahmed - Samira
Is who walks up-side-down/facing down on his face/front more guided? Or who walks straight/upright on a straight/direct road/way
Bijan Moeinian
Tell Me, which one is better, walking upright on a smooth road or putting head down like the cattle and following rest of the herd
Faridul Haque
So is one who walks inverted upon his face more rightly guided, or one who walks upright on the Straight Path
Sher Ali
What ! is he who walks groveling upon his face better guided, or he who walks upright on the straight path
Dr. Mohammad Tahir-ul-Qadri
Is he who walks in prone position more rightly guided, or he who walks upright on a straight path
Amatul Rahman Omar
Is he, who goes groveling on his face, better guided or he who walks upright on a straight and right path
Muhsin Khan & Muhammad al-Hilali
Is he who walks without seeing on his face, more rightly guided, or he who (sees and) walks on a Straight Way (i.e. Islamic Monotheism)

Non-Muslim and/or Orientalist works
Arthur John Arberry
What, is he who walks prone upon his face better guided than he who walks upright on a straight path
George Sale
Is he, therefore, who goeth grovelling upon his face, better directed than he who walketh upright in a strait way
Edward Henry Palmer
Is he who walks prone upon his face more guided than he who walks upright upon a straight path
John Medows Rodwell
Is he who goeth along grovelling on his face, better guided than he who goeth upright on a straight path
N J Dawood (2014)
Is he that goes grovelling on his face more rightly guided than he that walks upright upon a straight path

New, Partial, or In Progress Translations
Linda “iLHam” Barto
Is one who walks stumbling, falling on his/her face, better guided, or one who walks evenly on the Straight Way?
Ahmed Hulusi
Is one who blindly crawls on his face better guided or the one who walks upright upon the straight path?
Mir Aneesuddin
Then, is he who walks headlong on his face better guided or he who walks balanced (on his feet and) on the straight path?
Al-muntakhab fi tafsir al-Qur'an al-Karim
Does the one who walks stumbling and stooping with his head drooped and his face downwards, turning away from the path of righteousness, compare with the one who walks erect with his mind's eye on the straight path

Obsolete and/or older editions
Yusuf Ali (Orig. 1938)
Is then one who walks headlong, with his face grovelling, better guided,- or one who walks evenly on a Straight Way
OLD Literal Word for Word
Then is he who walks fallen on his face better guided, or (he) who walks upright on (the) Path Straight