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68:1  Nun. By the pen and that which they inscribe
68:2  thou art not, by the blessing of thy Lord, possessed
68:3  Truly thine shall be a reward unceasing
68:4  And truly thou art of an exalted character
68:5  So thou wilt see and they will se
68:6  which of you is afflicted
68:7  Truly thy Lord knows best those who stray from His way, and He knows best those who are rightly guided
68:8  so obey not the deniers
68:9  They wish that thou might compromise and that they might compromise
68:10  So obey not any vile oath-monger
68:11  slanderer spreading calumny
68:12  hinderer of good, a transgressing sinner
68:13  churlish, surly, and ignoble withal
68:14  simply because he possesses wealth and children
68:15  When Our signs are recited unto him he says, “Fables of those of old.
68:16  We shall brand him on the snout
68:17  Truly We tried them, just as We tried the owners of the garden who vowed that they would harvest its fruit in the morning
68:18  And they made no exception
68:19  Whereupon a visitation from your Lord came upon it while they slept
68:20  such that it became like a garden plucked
68:21  Then they called to one another in the morning
68:22  “Go early to your tillage if you would harvest.
68:23  So they set forth while whispering to one another
68:24  “Surely no indigent shall come to you therein today.
68:25  And they set out early, strong in their purpose
68:26  Then when they saw it, they said, “Surely, we are astray
68:27  Nay! we are deprived!
68:28  The most moderate of them said, “Did I not say to you, why do you not glorify?
68:29  They said, “Glory be to our Lord! Truly we were wrongdoers.
68:30  Then they turned to one another, reproaching each other
68:31  saying, “Oh, woe unto us! Truly we were rebellious
68:32  Perhaps our Lord will give us something better in its stead. Truly we beseech our Lord.
68:33  Such is the punishment; yet the punishment of the Hereafter is surely greater, if they but knew
68:34  Truly for the reverent there shall be Gardens of bliss in the presence of their Lord
68:35  Are We then to treat the submitters like the guilty
68:36  What ails you? How do you judge
68:37  Or do you have a book wherein you lear
68:38  that you shall have therein whatsoever you choose
68:39  Or do you have oaths binding upon Us until the Day of Resurrection that you shall have whatever you ordain
68:40  Ask them which of them shall vouch for that
68:41  Or do they have partners? Then let them bring their partners if they are truthful
68:42  On the Day when the shank is laid bare and they are called to prostrate, yet are not able
68:43  their eyes humbled, abasement shall overcome them; for they had indeed been called to prostrate while they were yet sound
68:44  So leave Me with those who deny this discourse. We shall lead them on little by little, whence they know not
68:45  And I shall grant them respite; truly My scheme is firm
68:46  Or dost thou ask a reward of them, such that they are burdened with debt
68:47  Or do they possess the Unseen, such that they write it down
68:48  So be patient with thy Lord’s Judgment and be not like the companion of the fish, who cried out while choking with anguish
68:49  Had not the blessing from his Lord reached him, he would surely have been cast upon the barren shore still blameworthy
68:50  But his Lord chose him and made him among the righteous
68:51  Indeed, those who disbelieve would well-nigh smite thee down with their glances when they hear the Reminder, saying, “Surely, he is possessed.
68:52  Yet it is naught but a reminder for the worlds