قَالَ رَبُّنَا ٱلَّذِىٓ أَعْطَىٰ كُلَّ شَىْءٍ خَلْقَهُۥ ثُمَّ هَدَىٰ

50 He said: “Our Lord is He who gave everything its creation, then guided.”

قَالَ فَمَا بَالُ ٱلْقُرُونِ ٱلْأُولَىٰ

51 Said he: “And what is the case of the former generations?”

قَالَ عِلْمُهَا عِندَ رَبِّى فِى كِتَـٰبٍ لَّا يَضِلُّ رَبِّى وَلَا يَنسَى

52 He said: “The knowledge thereof is with my Lord in a writ;1 my Lord neither errs, nor forgets.”

ٱلَّذِى جَعَلَ لَكُمُ ٱلْأَرْضَ مَهْدًا وَسَلَكَ لَكُمْ فِيهَا سُبُلًا وَأَنزَلَ مِنَ ٱلسَّمَآءِ مَآءً فَأَخْرَجْنَا بِهِۦٓ أَزْوَٰجًا مِّن نَّبَاتٍ شَتَّىٰ

53 (Who made the earth for you as a bed,1 and inserted roads for you therein; and sent down from the sky water, and thereby have We brought forth diverse kinds2 of plants:

كُلُوا۟ وَٱرْعَوْا۟ أَنْعَـٰمَكُمْ إِنَّ فِى ذَٰلِكَ لَـَٔايَـٰتٍ لِّأُو۟لِى ٱلنُّهَىٰ

54 “Eat, and pasture1 your cattle.” In that are proofs2 for possessors of intelligence.3

مِنْهَا خَلَقْنَـٰكُمْ وَفِيهَا نُعِيدُكُمْ وَمِنْهَا نُخْرِجُكُمْ تَارَةً أُخْرَىٰ

55 Therefrom1 did We create you, and thereto will We return you, and therefrom will We bring you forth another time.)

وَلَقَدْ أَرَيْنَـٰهُ ءَايَـٰتِنَا كُلَّهَا فَكَذَّبَ وَأَبَىٰ

56 And We showed him1 all Our proofs,2 but he denied and refused.

قَالَ أَجِئْتَنَا لِتُخْرِجَنَا مِنْ أَرْضِنَا بِسِحْرِكَ يَـٰمُوسَىٰ

57 Said he: “Hast thou come to turn us out of our land by thy sorcery,1 O Moses?

فَلَنَأْتِيَنَّكَ بِسِحْرٍ مِّثْلِهِۦ فَٱجْعَلْ بَيْنَنَا وَبَيْنَكَ مَوْعِدًا لَّا نُخْلِفُهُۥ نَحْنُ وَلَآ أَنتَ مَكَانًا سُوًى

58 “Then will we bring thee sorcery the like thereof; so make thou an appointment between us and thee, which neither we nor thou shall fail to keep — an equal1 place.”

قَالَ مَوْعِدُكُمْ يَوْمُ ٱلزِّينَةِ وَأَن يُحْشَرَ ٱلنَّاسُ ضُحًى

59 He said: “Your appointment is the day of the festival;1 and let the people be gathered at midday.”

فَتَوَلَّىٰ فِرْعَوْنُ فَجَمَعَ كَيْدَهُۥ ثُمَّ أَتَىٰ

60 And Pharaoh1 turned away, and gathered his plan; then he came.

قَالَ لَهُم مُّوسَىٰ وَيْلَكُمْ لَا تَفْتَرُوا۟ عَلَى ٱللَّـهِ كَذِبًا فَيُسْحِتَكُم بِعَذَابٍ وَقَدْ خَابَ مَنِ ٱفْتَرَىٰ

61 Moses said to them: “Woe to you! Invent not a lie against God lest He utterly destroy1 you with a punishment; and he has failed who invents.”

فَتَنَـٰزَعُوٓا۟ أَمْرَهُم بَيْنَهُمْ وَأَسَرُّوا۟ ٱلنَّجْوَىٰ

62 And they disputed about their affair among themselves, and kept secret their1 private conversation.

قَالُوٓا۟ إِنْ هَـٰذَٰنِ لَسَـٰحِرَٰنِ يُرِيدَانِ أَن يُخْرِجَاكُم مِّنْ أَرْضِكُم بِسِحْرِهِمَا وَيَذْهَبَا بِطَرِيقَتِكُمُ ٱلْمُثْلَىٰ

63 (They said: “These are two sorcerers1 who want to turn you out of your land by their sorcery,2 and take away your exemplary tradition.3

فَأَجْمِعُوا۟ كَيْدَكُمْ ثُمَّ ٱئْتُوا۟ صَفًّا وَقَدْ أَفْلَحَ ٱلْيَوْمَ مَنِ ٱسْتَعْلَىٰ

64 “So resolve upon your plan, then come with one accord;1 and he has succeeded who prevails this day.”)

قَالُوا۟ يَـٰمُوسَىٰٓ إِمَّآ أَن تُلْقِىَ وَإِمَّآ أَن نَّكُونَ أَوَّلَ مَنْ أَلْقَىٰ

65 They said: “O Moses: either thou wilt cast, or we will be the first who cast.”

قَالَ بَلْ أَلْقُوا۟ فَإِذَا حِبَالُهُمْ وَعِصِيُّهُمْ يُخَيَّلُ إِلَيْهِ مِن سِحْرِهِمْ أَنَّهَا تَسْعَىٰ

66 He said: “Nay,1 you cast.” And then their ropes and their staffs seemed to him, by their sorcery, to be moving,

فَأَوْجَسَ فِى نَفْسِهِۦ خِيفَةً مُّوسَىٰ

67 And Moses conceived a fear within him.

قُلْنَا لَا تَخَفْ إِنَّكَ أَنتَ ٱلْأَعْلَىٰ

68 We said: “Fear thou not; thou art the uppermost.

وَأَلْقِ مَا فِى يَمِينِكَ تَلْقَفْ مَا صَنَعُوٓا۟ إِنَّمَا صَنَعُوا۟ كَيْدُ سَـٰحِرٍ وَلَا يُفْلِحُ ٱلسَّاحِرُ حَيْثُ أَتَىٰ

69 “And cast thou what is in thy right hand; it will swallow up what they have wrought. They have wrought but the plan of a sorcerer,1 and the sorcerer2 will not be successful, no matter where he goes.”3

فَأُلْقِىَ ٱلسَّحَرَةُ سُجَّدًا قَالُوٓا۟ ءَامَنَّا بِرَبِّ هَـٰرُونَ وَمُوسَىٰ

70 And the sorcerers1 cast themselves down2 in submission.3 They said: “We have believed in4 the Lord of Aaron and Moses.”

قَالَ ءَامَنتُمْ لَهُۥ قَبْلَ أَنْ ءَاذَنَ لَكُمْ إِنَّهُۥ لَكَبِيرُكُمُ ٱلَّذِى عَلَّمَكُمُ ٱلسِّحْرَ فَلَأُقَطِّعَنَّ أَيْدِيَكُمْ وَأَرْجُلَكُم مِّنْ خِلَـٰفٍ وَلَأُصَلِّبَنَّكُمْ فِى جُذُوعِ ٱلنَّخْلِ وَلَتَعْلَمُنَّ أَيُّنَآ أَشَدُّ عَذَابًا وَأَبْقَىٰ

71 Said he: “You have believed him1 before I gave you leave. He is your chief who taught you sorcery;2 then will I will cut off your hands and your feet on opposite sides, and crucify3 you on the trunks of date-palms; and you will know which of us is severer in punishment and more enduring.”

قَالُوا۟ لَن نُّؤْثِرَكَ عَلَىٰ مَا جَآءَنَا مِنَ ٱلْبَيِّنَـٰتِ وَٱلَّذِى فَطَرَنَا فَٱقْضِ مَآ أَنتَ قَاضٍ إِنَّمَا تَقْضِى هَـٰذِهِ ٱلْحَيَوٰةَ ٱلدُّنْيَآ

72 They said: “We will not prefer thee over what has come to us of clear signs, or Him who created us. So decide thou what thou wilt decide; thou canst but decide this worldly life.

إِنَّآ ءَامَنَّا بِرَبِّنَا لِيَغْفِرَ لَنَا خَطَـٰيَـٰنَا وَمَآ أَكْرَهْتَنَا عَلَيْهِ مِنَ ٱلسِّحْرِ وَٱللَّـهُ خَيْرٌ وَأَبْقَىٰٓ

73 “We have believed in1 our Lord, that He might forgive us our offences,2 and what thou didst compel us to of sorcery;3 and God is better and more enduring.”

إِنَّهُۥ مَن يَأْتِ رَبَّهُۥ مُجْرِمًا فَإِنَّ لَهُۥ جَهَنَّمَ لَا يَمُوتُ فِيهَا وَلَا يَحْيَىٰ

74 (Whoso comes to his Lord as a lawbreaker, for him is Gehenna; he will neither die therein nor live.

وَمَن يَأْتِهِۦ مُؤْمِنًا قَدْ عَمِلَ ٱلصَّـٰلِحَـٰتِ فَأُو۟لَـٰٓئِكَ لَهُمُ ٱلدَّرَجَـٰتُ ٱلْعُلَىٰ

75 And whoso comes to Him as a believer,1 having done righteous deeds, those have the high degrees:

جَنَّـٰتُ عَدْنٍ تَجْرِى مِن تَحْتِهَا ٱلْأَنْهَـٰرُ خَـٰلِدِينَ فِيهَا وَذَٰلِكَ جَزَآءُ مَن تَزَكَّىٰ

76 Gardens of perpetual abode, beneath which rivers flow, they abiding eternally therein. And that is the reward of him who purifies himself.)

وَلَقَدْ أَوْحَيْنَآ إِلَىٰ مُوسَىٰٓ أَنْ أَسْرِ بِعِبَادِى فَٱضْرِبْ لَهُمْ طَرِيقًا فِى ٱلْبَحْرِ يَبَسًا لَّا تَخَـٰفُ دَرَكًا وَلَا تَخْشَىٰ

77 And We instructed1 Moses: “Travel thou by night with My servants; and strike thou for them a dry path in the sea, neither fearing overtaking nor being afraid.”

فَأَتْبَعَهُمْ فِرْعَوْنُ بِجُنُودِهِۦ فَغَشِيَهُم مِّنَ ٱلْيَمِّ مَا غَشِيَهُمْ

78 And Pharaoh1 followed2 them with his forces, and there covered them of the sea3 what covered them.4

وَأَضَلَّ فِرْعَوْنُ قَوْمَهُۥ وَمَا هَدَىٰ

79 And Pharaoh1 led his people astray, and did not guide.

يَـٰبَنِىٓ إِسْرَٰٓءِيلَ قَدْ أَنجَيْنَـٰكُم مِّنْ عَدُوِّكُمْ وَوَٰعَدْنَـٰكُمْ جَانِبَ ٱلطُّورِ ٱلْأَيْمَنَ وَنَزَّلْنَا عَلَيْكُمُ ٱلْمَنَّ وَٱلسَّلْوَىٰ

80 O children of Israel: We delivered you from your enemy; and We made an appointment with you on the right side of the mount;1 and We sent down upon you manna and quails:2

كُلُوا۟ مِن طَيِّبَـٰتِ مَا رَزَقْنَـٰكُمْ وَلَا تَطْغَوْا۟ فِيهِ فَيَحِلَّ عَلَيْكُمْ غَضَبِى وَمَن يَحْلِلْ عَلَيْهِ غَضَبِى فَقَدْ هَوَىٰ

81 “Eat of the good things that We have provided you, and transgress not therein lest My wrath descend upon you; and he upon whom My wrath descends has fallen.”1

وَإِنِّى لَغَفَّارٌ لِّمَن تَابَ وَءَامَنَ وَعَمِلَ صَـٰلِحًا ثُمَّ ٱهْتَدَىٰ

82 And I am all-forgiving1 towards him who repents and believes and works righteousness; then is he guided.

وَمَآ أَعْجَلَكَ عَن قَوْمِكَ يَـٰمُوسَىٰ

83 “And what made thee hasten from thy people, O Moses?”

قَالَ هُمْ أُو۟لَآءِ عَلَىٰٓ أَثَرِى وَعَجِلْتُ إِلَيْكَ رَبِّ لِتَرْضَىٰ

84 Said he: “They were close, in my footsteps,1 so I hastened to Thee, my Lord, that Thou be pleased.”

قَالَ فَإِنَّا قَدْ فَتَنَّا قَوْمَكَ مِنۢ بَعْدِكَ وَأَضَلَّهُمُ ٱلسَّامِرِىُّ

85 He said: “We have subjected thy people to means of denial1 in thy absence,2 and the Sāmiriyy3 has led them astray.”

فَرَجَعَ مُوسَىٰٓ إِلَىٰ قَوْمِهِۦ غَضْبَـٰنَ أَسِفًا قَالَ يَـٰقَوْمِ أَلَمْ يَعِدْكُمْ رَبُّكُمْ وَعْدًا حَسَنًا أَفَطَالَ عَلَيْكُمُ ٱلْعَهْدُ أَمْ أَرَدتُّمْ أَن يَحِلَّ عَلَيْكُمْ غَضَبٌ مِّن رَّبِّكُمْ فَأَخْلَفْتُم مَّوْعِدِى

86 So Moses returned to his people, wrathful and grieved. He said: “O my people: did not your Lord promise you a fair promise? Was the covenant long in coming1 for you, or did you wish that wrath from your Lord should descend upon you, so failed in your promise2 to me?”3

قَالُوا۟ مَآ أَخْلَفْنَا مَوْعِدَكَ بِمَلْكِنَا وَلَـٰكِنَّا حُمِّلْنَآ أَوْزَارًا مِّن زِينَةِ ٱلْقَوْمِ فَقَذَفْنَـٰهَا فَكَذَٰلِكَ أَلْقَى ٱلسَّامِرِىُّ

87 They said: “We failed not to keep our promise1 to thee2 of our own accord, but we were given to bear burdens of the adornment of the people3 — so we hurled them. (And4 thus the Sāmiriyy5 cast,

فَأَخْرَجَ لَهُمْ عِجْلًا جَسَدًا لَّهُۥ خُوَارٌ فَقَالُوا۟ هَـٰذَآ إِلَـٰهُكُمْ وَإِلَـٰهُ مُوسَىٰ فَنَسِىَ

88 And he brought forth for them a calf as a body that lowed; and they1 said: “This is your god, and the god of Moses, but he forgot.”2

أَفَلَا يَرَوْنَ أَلَّا يَرْجِعُ إِلَيْهِمْ قَوْلًا وَلَا يَمْلِكُ لَهُمْ ضَرًّا وَلَا نَفْعًا

89 Did they then not1 see that it returned no word2 to them, nor possessed for them harm or benefit!

وَلَقَدْ قَالَ لَهُمْ هَـٰرُونُ مِن قَبْلُ يَـٰقَوْمِ إِنَّمَا فُتِنتُم بِهِۦ وَإِنَّ رَبَّكُمُ ٱلرَّحْمَـٰنُ فَٱتَّبِعُونِى وَأَطِيعُوٓا۟ أَمْرِى

90 And Aaron had said to them before: “O my people: you are but subjected to means of denial1 thereby, and your Lord is the Almighty;2 so follow me, and obey my command.”

قَالُوا۟ لَن نَّبْرَحَ عَلَيْهِ عَـٰكِفِينَ حَتَّىٰ يَرْجِعَ إِلَيْنَا مُوسَىٰ

91 They said: “We will not cease to be devoted to1 it until Moses returns to us.”)

قَالَ يَـٰهَـٰرُونُ مَا مَنَعَكَ إِذْ رَأَيْتَهُمْ ضَلُّوٓا۟

92 He1 said, O Aaron: what prevented thee, when thou sawest them going astray,

أَلَّا تَتَّبِعَنِ أَفَعَصَيْتَ أَمْرِى

93 “From following me? Didst thou then disobey my command?”

قَالَ يَبْنَؤُمَّ لَا تَأْخُذْ بِلِحْيَتِى وَلَا بِرَأْسِىٓ إِنِّى خَشِيتُ أَن تَقُولَ فَرَّقْتَ بَيْنَ بَنِىٓ إِسْرَٰٓءِيلَ وَلَمْ تَرْقُبْ قَوْلِى

94 Said he: “O son of my mother: seize thou me not by my beard, nor by my head! I feared lest thou say: ‘Thou hast caused division among the children of Israel, and hast not observed my word.’”

قَالَ فَمَا خَطْبُكَ يَـٰسَـٰمِرِىُّ

95 He said: “And what is thy case, O Sāmiriyy?”1

قَالَ بَصُرْتُ بِمَا لَمْ يَبْصُرُوا۟ بِهِۦ فَقَبَضْتُ قَبْضَةً مِّنْ أَثَرِ ٱلرَّسُولِ فَنَبَذْتُهَا وَكَذَٰلِكَ سَوَّلَتْ لِى نَفْسِى

96 Said he: “I saw what they saw not; so I took a handful1 from the track2 of the Messenger, and did throw it;3 and thus my soul enticed me.”

قَالَ فَٱذْهَبْ فَإِنَّ لَكَ فِى ٱلْحَيَوٰةِ أَن تَقُولَ لَا مِسَاسَ وَإِنَّ لَكَ مَوْعِدًا لَّن تُخْلَفَهُۥ وَٱنظُرْ إِلَىٰٓ إِلَـٰهِكَ ٱلَّذِى ظَلْتَ عَلَيْهِ عَاكِفًا لَّنُحَرِّقَنَّهُۥ ثُمَّ لَنَنسِفَنَّهُۥ فِى ٱلْيَمِّ نَسْفًا

97 He said: “Then go thou, for in this life it is for thee to say: ‘Outcast!’1 And there is for thee an appointment thou canst not fail to keep. And look thou upon thy god to which thou remainedst devoted!2 We will burn it; then will we scatter it in the sea3 with a blast.”4

إِنَّمَآ إِلَـٰهُكُمُ ٱللَّـهُ ٱلَّذِى لَآ إِلَـٰهَ إِلَّا هُوَ وَسِعَ كُلَّ شَىْءٍ عِلْمًا

98 Your God is but God. There is no god1 save He.2 He encompasses all things in knowledge.

كَذَٰلِكَ نَقُصُّ عَلَيْكَ مِنْ أَنۢبَآءِ مَا قَدْ سَبَقَ وَقَدْ ءَاتَيْنَـٰكَ مِن لَّدُنَّا ذِكْرًا

99 Thus do We relate to thee from reports of what has gone before, and have given thee a remembrance1 from Us.

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