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76:1  HAS THERE [not] been an endless span of time before man [appeared - a time] when he was not yet a thing to be thought of
76:2  Verily, it is We who have created man out of a drop of sperm intermingled, so that We might try him [in his later life]: and therefore We made him a being endowed with hearing and sight
76:3  Verily, We have shown him the way: [and it rests with him to prove himself] either grateful or ungrateful
76:4  [Now,] behold, for those who deny the truth We have readied chains and shackles, and a blazing flam
76:5  [whereas,] behold, the truly virtuous shall drink from a cup flavoured with the calyx of sweet-smelling flowers
76:6  a source [of bliss] whereof God's servants shall drink, seeing it flow in a flow abundant
76:7  [The truly virtuous are] they [who] fulfil their vows, and stand in awe of a Day the woe of which is bound to spread far and wide
76:8  and who give food - however great be their own want of it - unto the needy, and the orphan, and the captive
76:9  [saying, in their hearts,] "We feed you for the sake of God alone: we desire no recompense from you, nor thanks
76:10  behold, we stand in awe of our Sustainer's judgment on a distressful, fateful Day!"
76:11  And so, God will preserve them from the woes of that Day, and will bestow on them brightness and joy
76:12  and will reward them for all their patience in adversity with a garden [of bliss] and with [garments of] silk
76:13  In that [garden] they will on couches recline, and will know therein neither [burning] sun nor cold severe
76:14  since its [blissful] shades will come down low over them, and low will hang down its clusters of fruit, most easy to reach
76:15  And they will be waited upon with vessels of silver and goblets that will [seem to] be crystal –
76:16  crystal-like, [but] of silver - the measure whereof they alone will determine
76:17  And in that [paradise] they will be given to drink of a cup flavoured with ginger
76:18  [derived from] a source [to be found] therein, whose name is "Seek Thy Way"
76:19  And immortal youths will wait upon them: when thou seest them, thou wouldst deem them to be scattered pearls
76:20  and when thou seest [anything that is] there thou wilt see [only] bliss and a realm transcenden
76:21  Upon those [blest] will be garments of green silk and brocade; and they will be adorned with bracelets of silver. And their Sustainer will give them to drink of a drink most pure
76:22  [And they will be told:] "Verily, all this is your reward since Your endeavour [in life] has met [God's] goodly acceptance!"
76:23  VERILY, [O believer,] it is We who have bestowed from on high this Qur’an upon thee, step by step - truly a bestowal from on high
76:24  Await, then, in all patience thy Sustainer's judgment, and pay no heed to any of them, who is a wilful sinner or an ingrate
76:25  and bear in mind thy Sustainer's name at morn and evenin
76:26  and during some of the night, and prostrate thyself before Him, and extol His limitless glory throughout the long night
76:27  Behold, they [who are unmindful of God] love this fleeting life, and leave behind them [all thought of] a grief-laden Day
76:28  [They will not admit to themselves that] it We who have created them and strengthened their make - and [that] if it be Our will We can replace them entirely with others of their kind
76:29  VERILY, all this is an admonition: whoever, then, so wills, may unto his Sustainer find a way
76:30  But you cannot will it unless God wills [to show you that way]: for, behold, God is indeed all-seeing, wise
76:31  He admits unto His grace everyone who wills [to be admitted]; but as for the evildoers - for them has He readied grievous suffering [in the life to come]