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68:1  N. By the pen, and what they write
68:2  thou, O Mohammed, through the grace of thy Lord, art not distracted
68:3  Verily there is prepared for thee an everlasting reward
68:4  For thou art of a noble disposition
68:5  Thou shalt see, and the infidels shall see
68:6  which of you are bereaved of your senses
68:7  Verily thy Lord well knoweth him who wandereth from his path; and He well knoweth those who are rightly directed
68:8  Wherefore obey not those who charge thee with imposture
68:9  They desire that thou shouldest be easy with them, and they will be easy with thee
68:10  But obey not any who is a common swearer, a despicable fellow
68:11  a defamer, going about with slander
68:12  who forbiddeth that which is good, who is also a transgressor, a wicked person
68:13  cruel, and besides this, of spurious birth
68:14  Although he be possessed of wealth and many children
68:15  When our signs are rehearsed unto him, he saith, they are fables of the ancients
68:16  We will stigmatize him on the nose
68:17  Verily We have tried the Meccans, as We formerly tried the owners of the garden; when they swore that they would gather the fruit thereof in the morning
68:18  and added not the exception, if it please God
68:19  Wherefore a surrounding destruction from thy Lord encompassed it, while they slept
68:20  and in the morning it became like a garden whose fruits had been gathered
68:21  And they called the one to the other as they rose in the morning, saying
68:22  Go out early to your plantation, if ye intend to gather the fruit thereof
68:23  So they went on, whispering to one another
68:24  no poor man shall enter the garden upon you, this day
68:25  And they went forth early, with a determined purpose
68:26  And when they saw the garden blasted and destroyed, they said, we have certainly mistaken our way
68:27  But when they found it to be their own garden, they cried, verily we are not permitted to reap the fruit thereof
68:28  The worthier of them said, did I not say unto you, will ye not give praise unto God
68:29  They answered, praise be unto our Lord! Verily we have been unjust doers
68:30  And they began to blame one another
68:31  and they said, woe be unto us! Verily we have been transgressors
68:32  Peradventure our Lord will give us in exchange a better garden than this: And we earnestly beseech our Lord to pardon us
68:33  Thus is the chastisement of this life: But the chastisement of the next shall be more grievous; if they had known it, they would have taken heed
68:34  Verily for the pious are prepared, with their Lord, gardens of delight
68:35  Shall we deal with the Moslems, as with the wicked
68:36  What aileth you that ye judge thus
68:37  Have ye a book from heaven, wherein ye rea
68:38  that ye are therein promised that which ye shall choose
68:39  Or have ye received oaths which shall be binding upon us to the day of resurrection, that ye shall enjoy what ye imagine
68:40  Ask them, which of them will be the voucher of this
68:41  Or have they companions who will vouch for them? Let them produce their companions, therefore, if they speak truth
68:42  On a certain day the leg shall be made bare; and they shall be called upon to worship, but they shall not be able
68:43  Their looks shall be cast down: Ignominy shall attend them: For that they were invited to the worship of God, while they were in safety, but would not hear
68:44  Let Me alone, therefore, with him who accuseth this new revelation of imposture. We will lead them gradually to destruction, by ways which they know not
68:45  And I will bear with them for a long time; for my stratagem is effectual
68:46  Dost thou ask them any reward for thy preaching? But they are laden with debts
68:47  Are the secrets of futurity with them; and do they transcribe the same from the table of God's decrees
68:48  Wherefore patiently wait the judgment of thy Lord: And be not like him who was swallowed by the fish; when he cried unto God, being inwardly vexed
68:49  Had not grace from his Lord reached him, he had surely been cast forth on the naked shore, covered with shame
68:50  But his Lord chose him, and made him one of the righteous
68:51  It wanteth little but that the unbelievers strike thee down with their malicious looks, when they hear the admonition of the Koran; and they say, he is certainly distracted
68:52  But it is no other than an admonition unto all creatures