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70:1  A questioner asked of a chastisement about to fal
70:2  for the unbelievers, which none may avert
70:3  from God, the Lord of the Stairways
70:4  To Him the angels and the Spirit mount up, in a day whereof the measure is fifty thousand years
70:5  So be thou patient with a sweet patience
70:6  behold, they see it as if far off
70:7  but We see it is nigh
70:8  Upon the day when heaven shall be as molten coppe
70:9  and the mountains shall be as plucked wool-tufts
70:10  no loyal friend shall question loyal friend
70:11  as they are given sight of them. The sinner will wish that he might ransom himself from the chastisement of that day even by his sons
70:12  his companion wife, his brother
70:13  his kin who sheltered him
70:14  and whosoever is in the earth, all together, so that then it might deliver him
70:15  Nay, verily it is a furnac
70:16  snatching away the scalp
70:17  calling him who drew back and turned away
70:18  who amassed and hoarded
70:19  Surely man was created fretful
70:20  when evil visits him, impatient
70:21  when good visits him, grudging
70:22  save those that pra
70:23  and continue at their prayers
70:24  those in whose wealth is a right know
70:25  for the beggar and the outcast
70:26  who confirm the Day of Doo
70:27  and go in fear of the chastisement of their Lor
70:28  (from their Lord's chastisement none feels secure
70:29  and guard their private part
70:30  save from their wives and what their right hands own, then not being blameworth
70:31  (but whoso seeks after more than that, they are the transgressors)
70:32  and who preserve their trusts and their covenant
70:33  and perform their witnessings
70:34  and who observe their prayers
70:35  Those shall be in Gardens, high-honoured
70:36  What ails the unbelievers, running with outstretched neck
70:37  towards thee on the right hand and on the left hand in knots
70:38  What, is every man of them eager to be admitted to a Garden of Bliss
70:39  Not so; for We have created them of what they know
70:40  No! I swear by the Lord of the Easts and Wests, surely We are abl
70:41  to substitute a better than they; We shall not be outstripped
70:42  Then leave them alone to plunge and play until they encounter that day of theirs which they are promised
70:43  the day they shall come forth from the tombs hastily, as if they were hurrying unto a waymark
70:44  humbled their eyes, overspreading them abasement. That is the day which they were promised