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69:1  OH, THE LAYING-BARE of the truth
69:2  How awesome that laying-bare of the truth
69:3  And what could make thee conceive what that laying-bare of the truth will be
69:4  THE LIE gave [the tribes of] Thamud and ‘Ad to [all tidings of] that sudden calamity
69:5  Now as for the Thamud - they were destroyed by a violent upheaval [of the earth]
69:6  and as for the ‘Ad - they were destroyed by a storm wind furiously raging
69:7  which He willed against them for seven nights and eight days without cease, so that in the end thou couldst see those people laid low [in death], as though they were so many [uprooted] trunks of hollow palm trees
69:8  and dost thou now see any remnant of them
69:9  And there was Pharaoh, too, and [many of] those who lived before him, and the cities that were overthrown - [all of them] indulged in sin upon si
69:10  and rebelled against their Sustainer's apostles: and so He took them to task with a punishing grasp exceedingly severe
69:11  [And] behold: when the waters [of Noah's flood] burst beyond all limits, it was We who caused you to be borne [to safety] in that floating ark
69:12  so that We might make all this a [lasting] reminder to you all, and that every wide-awake ear might consciously take it in
69:13  Hence, [bethink yourselves of the Last Hour,] when the trumpet [of judgment] shall be sounded with a single blast
69:14  and the earth and the mountains shall be lifted up and crushed with a single stroke
69:15  And so, that which must come to pass will on that day have come to pass
69:16  and the sky will be rent asunder - for, frail will it have become on that Day -
69:17  and the angels [will appear] at its ends, and, above them, eight will bear aloft on that Day the throne of thy Sustainer’s almightiness…
69:18  On that Day you shall be brought to judgment: not [even] the most hidden of your deeds will remain hidden
69:19  Now as for him whose record shall be placed in his right hand, he will exclaim: "Come you all!" Read this my record
69:20  Behold, I did know that [one day] I would have to face my account
69:21  And so he will find himself in a happy state of life
69:22  in a lofty paradise
69:23  with its fruits within easy reach
69:24  [And all who are thus blest will be told:] "Eat and drink with good cheer in return for all [the good deeds] that you have sent ahead in days gone by!"
69:25  But as for him whose record shall be placed in his left hand, he will exclaim: "Oh, would that I had never been shown this my record
69:26  and neither known this my account
69:27  Oh, would that this [death of mine] had been the end of me
69:28  Of no avail to me is all that I have [ever] possessed
69:29  [and] all my power of argument has died away from me!"
69:30  Thereupon the command will go forth:] "Lay hold of him, and shackle him
69:31  and then let him enter hell
69:32  and then thrust him into a chain [of other sinners like him - a chain] the length whereof is seventy cubits
69:33  for, behold, he did not believe in God, the Tremendous
69:34  and did not feel any urge to feed the needy
69:35  and so, no friend has here today
69:36  nor any food save the filt
69:37  which none but the sinners eat!"
69:38  BUT NAY! I call to witness an that you can see
69:39  as well as all that you cannot see
69:40  Behold, this [Qur’an] is indeed the [inspired] word of a noble apostle
69:41  and is not – however little you may [be prepared to] believe it - the word of a poet
69:42  and neither is it - however little you may [be prepared to] take it to heart - the word of a soothsayer
69:43  [it is] a revelation from the Sustainer of all the worlds
69:44  Now if he [whom We have entrusted with it] had dared to attribute some [of his own] sayings unto Us
69:45  We would indeed have seized him by his right hand
69:46  and would indeed have cut his life-vein
69:47  and none of you could have saved him
69:48  And, verily, this [Qur’an] is a reminder to all the God-conscious
69:49  And, behold, well do We know that among you are such as will give the lie to it
69:50  yet, behold, this [rejection] will indeed become a source of bitter regret for all who deny the truth [of God's revelation] –
69:51  for, verily, it is truth absolute
69:52  Extol, then the limitless glory of thy Sustainer's mighty name