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68:1  Nun. By the PEN and by what they write
68:2  Thou, O Prophet; by the grace of thy Lord art not possessed
68:3  And truly a boundless recompense doth await thee
68:4  For thou art of a noble nature
68:5  But thou shalt see and they shall se
68:6  Which of you is the demented
68:7  Now thy Lord! well knoweth He the man who erreth from his path, and well doth he know those who have yielded to Guidance
68:8  Give not place, therefore, to those who treat thee as a liar
68:9  They desire thee to deal smoothly with them: then would they be smooth as oil with thee
68:10  But yield not to the man of oaths, a despicable person
68:11  Defamer, going about with slander
68:12  Hinderer of the good, transgressor, criminal
68:13  Harsh - beside this, impure by birth
68:14  Though a man of riches and blessed with sons
68:15  Who when our wondrous verses are recited to him saith - "Fables of the ancients."
68:16  We will brand him on the nostrils
68:17  Verily, we have proved them (the Meccans) as we proved the owners of the garden, when they swore that at morn they would cut its fruits
68:18  But added no reserve
68:19  Wherefore an encircling desolation from thy Lord swept round it while they slumbered
68:20  And in the morning it was like a garden whose fruits had all been cut
68:21  Then at dawn they called to each other
68:22  "Go out early to your field, if ye would cut your dates."
68:23  So on they went whispering to each other
68:24  "No poor man shall set foot this day within your garden;"
68:25  And they went out at daybreak with this settled purpose
68:26  But when they beheld it, they said, "Truly we have been in fault
68:27  Yes! we are forbidden our fruits."
68:28  The most rightminded of them said, "Did I not say to you, Will ye not give praise to God?"
68:29  They said, "Glory to our Lord! Truly we have done amiss."
68:30  And they fell to blaming one another
68:31  They said, "Oh woe to us! we have indeed transgressed
68:32  Haply our Lord will give us in exchange a better garden than this: verily we crave it of our Lord."
68:33  Such hath been our chastisement - but heavier shall be the chastisement of the next world. Ah! did they but know it
68:34  Verily, for the God-fearing are gardens of delight in the presence of their Lord
68:35  Shall we then deal with those who have surrendered themselves to God, as with those who offend him
68:36  What hath befallen you that ye thus judge
68:37  Have ye a Scripture wherein ye can search ou
68:38  That ye shall have the things ye choose
68:39  Or have ye received oaths which shall bind Us even until the day of the resurrection, that ye shall have what yourselves judge right
68:40  Ask them which of them will guarantee this
68:41  Or is it that they have joined gods with God? let them produce those associate-gods of theirs, if they speak truth
68:42  On the day when men's legs shall be bared, and they shall be called upon to bow in adoration, they shall not be able
68:43  Their looks shall be downcast: shame shall cover them: because, while yet in safety, they were invited to bow in worship, but would not obey
68:44  Leave me alone therefore with him who chargeth this revelation with imposture. We will lead them by degrees to their ruin; by ways which they know not
68:45  Yet will I bear long with them; for my plan is sure
68:46  Askest thou any recompense from them? But they are burdened with debt
68:47  Are the secret things within their ken? Do they copy them from the Book of God
68:48  Patiently then await the judgment of thy Lord, and be not like him who was in the fish, when in deep distress he cried to God
68:49  Had not favour from his Lord reached him, cast forth would he have been on the naked shore, overwhelmed with shame
68:50  But his Lord chose him and made him of the just
68:51  Almost would the infidels strike thee down with their very looks when they hear the warning of the Koran. And they say, "He is certainly possessed."
68:52  Yet is it nothing less than a warning for all creatures