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68:1  Nun. By the Pen, and what they inscribe
68:2  thou art not, by the blessing of thy Lord, a man possessed
68:3  Surely thou shalt have a wage unfailing
68:4  surely thou art upon a mighty morality
68:5  So thou shalt see, and they will see
68:6  which of you is the demented
68:7  Surely thy Lord knows very well those who have gone astray from His way, and He knows very well those who are guided
68:8  So obey thou not those who cry lies
68:9  They wish that thou shouldst compromise, then they would compromise
68:10  And obey thou not every mean swearer
68:11  backbiter, going about with slander
68:12  hinderer of good, guilty aggressor, coarse-grained
68:13  moreover ignoble
68:14  because he has wealth and sons
68:15  When Our signs are recited to him, he says, 'Fairy-tales of the ancients!
68:16  We shall brand him upon the muzzle
68:17  Now We have tried them, even as We tried the owners of the garden when they swore they would pluck in the mornin
68:18  and they added not the saving words
68:19  Then a visitation from thy Lord visited it, while they were sleeping
68:20  and in the morning it was as if it were a garden plucked
68:21  In the morning they called to one another
68:22  'Come forth betimes upon your tillage, if you would pluck!
68:23  So they departed, whispering together
68:24  'No needy man shall enter it today against your will.
68:25  And they went forth early, determined upon their purpose
68:26  But when they saw it, they said, 'Surely we are gone astray
68:27  nay, rather we have been robbed!
68:28  Said the most moderate of them, 'Did I not say to you, "Why do you not give glory?"
68:29  They said, 'Glory be to God, our Lord; truly, we were evildoers.
68:30  And they advanced one upon another, blaming each other
68:31  They said, 'Woe, alas for us! Truly, we were insolent
68:32  It may be that our Lord will give us in exchange a better than it; to our Lord we humbly turn.
68:33  Such is the chastisement; and the chastisement of the world to come, is assuredly greater, did they but know
68:34  Surely for the godfearing shall be Gardens of Bliss with their Lord
68:35  What, shall we make those who have surrendered like to the sinners
68:36  What ails you then, how you judge
68:37  Or have you a Book wherein you study
68:38  Surely therein you shall have whatever you choose
68:39  Or have you oaths from Us, reaching to the Day of Resurrection? Surely you shall have whatever you judge
68:40  Ask them, which of them will guarantee that
68:41  Or do they have associates? Then let them bring their associates, if they speak truly
68:42  Upon the day when the leg shall be bared, and they shall be summoned to bow themselves, but they cannot
68:43  humbled shall be their eyes, and abasement shall overspread them, for they had been summoned to bow themselves while they were whole
68:44  So leave Me with him who cries lies to this discourse! We will draw them on little by little whence they know not
68:45  and I shall respite them -- assuredly My guile is sure
68:46  Or askest thou them for a wage, and so they are weighed down with debt
68:47  Or is the Unseen in their keeping, and so they are writing it down
68:48  So be thou patient under the judgment of thy Lord, and be not as the Man of the Fish, when he called, choking inwardly
68:49  Had there not overtaken him a blessing from his Lord he would have been cast upon the wilderness, being condemned
68:50  But his Lord had chosen him, and He placed him among the righteous
68:51  The unbelievers wellnigh strike thee down with their glances, when they hear the Reminder, and they say, 'Surely he is a man possessed!
68:52  And it is nothing but a Reminder unto all beings