70th Surah An-Nahl 16


  Revealed 70th  

The command of God is coming, so do not seek to hasten it. Exalted is He and high above what they associate [with Him].

He sends down the angels, with the [Holy] Spirit from His command, upon whom He wills of His servants, [telling them], "Warn that there is no god except Me; so fear Me."

He created the heavens and earth in truth. High is He above what they associate [with Him].

He created man from a sperm-drop; then at once, he is a clear adversary.

And the grazing livestock He has created for you; in them is warmth and [numerous] benefits, and from them you eat.

And for you in them is beauty when you bring them in and when you send them out.

And they carry your loads to a land you could not have reached except with difficulty to yourselves. Indeed, your Lord is Kind and Merciful.

And [He created] the horses, mules and donkeys for you to ride and [as] adornment. And He creates that which you do not know.

And upon God is the direction of the [right] way, and among the various paths are those deviating. And if He willed, He could have guided you all.

It is He who sends down water from the heaven; from it is drink and from it is foliage in which you pasture [animals].

He causes to grow for you thereby the crops, olives, palm trees, grapevines, and from all the fruits. Indeed in that is a sign for a people who give thought.

And He has subjected for you the night and day and the sun and moon, and the stars are subjected by His command. *Book of Enoch 82:8, *Isaiah 45:12 Indeed in that are signs for a people who reason.

And [He has subjected] whatever He multiplied for you on the earth of varying colors. Indeed in that is a sign for a people who remember. *Genesis 1:28

And it is He who subjected the sea for you to eat from it tender meat and to extract from it ornaments which you wear. And you see the ships plowing through it, and [He subjected it] that you may seek of His bounty; and perhaps you will be grateful.

And He has cast into the earth firmly set [mountains], lest it shift with you, and [made] rivers and paths, that you may be guided,

And landmarks. And by the stars they are [also] guided.

Then is He who creates like one who does not create? So will you not be reminded?

And if you should count the favors of God, you could not enumerate them. Indeed, God is Forgiving and Merciful.

And God knows what you conceal and what you declare.

And those they invoke other than God create nothing, and they [themselves] are created.

They are, [in fact], dead, not alive, and they do not perceive when they will be resurrected.

Your God is one God. *Deuteronomy 6:4, *Mark 12:29, *Mark 12:32, *James 2:19, *Shepherd of Hermas 26:1 But those who do not believe in the Hereafter - their hearts are disapproving, and they are arrogant.

Without a doubt, God knows what they conceal and what they declare. Indeed, He does not love the arrogant.

And when it is said to them, "What has your Lord sent down?" They say, "Legends of the former [peoples],"

That they may bear their own burdens in full on the Day of Resurrection and some of the burdens of those whom they misguide without knowledge. Unquestionably, evil is that which they bear.

Those before them had already plotted, but God came at their building from the foundations, so the roof fell upon them from above them, and the punishment came to them from where they did not perceive.

Then on the Day of Resurrection He will disgrace them and say, "Where are My 'partners' for whom you used to oppose [the believers]?" Those who were given knowledge will say, "Indeed disgrace, this Day, and evil are upon the disbelievers" -

The ones whom the angels take in death [while] wronging themselves, and [who] then offer peace, [saying], "We were not doing any evil." But, yes! Indeed, God is Knowing of what you used to do.

So enter the gates of Hell to abide eternally therein, and how wretched is the residence of the arrogant.

And it will be said to those who feared [God], "What did your Lord send down?" They will say, "[That which is] good." For those who do good in this world is good; and the home of the Hereafter is better. And how excellent is the home of those who fear [God] -

Gardens of Eden, which they will enter, beneath which rivers flow. They will have therein whatever they will. Thus does God reward those who fear [Him] -

The ones whom the angels take in death, [being] good; [the angels] will say, "Peace be upon you. Enter the Garden for what you used to do."

Do the disbelievers await [anything] except that the angels should come to them or there comes the command of your Lord? Thus did those do before them. And God did not wrong them, but they had been wronging themselves.

So they were struck by the evil [consequences] of what they did and were enveloped by what they used to ridicule.

And those who associate others [with God] say, "If God had willed, we would not have served anything other than Him, neither we nor our fathers, nor would we have forbidden anything through other than Him." Thus did those do before them. So is there upon the messengers except [the duty of] clear notification?

And We certainly raised in every nation a messenger, [saying], "Serve God and avoid false gods." And among them were those whom God guided, and among them were those upon whom error was [deservedly] decreed. So proceed through the earth and observe how was the end of the deniers.

[Even] if you should desire for their guidance, indeed, God does not guide those He sends astray, and they will have no helpers.

And they swear by God their strongest oaths [that] God will not resurrect one who dies. But yes - [it is] a true promise [binding] upon Him, but most of the people do not know.

[It is] so He will make clear to them [the truth of] that wherein they differ and so those who have disbelieved may know that they were liars.

Indeed, Our word to a thing when We intend it is but that We say to it, "Be," and it is. *Genesis 1:3*Psalms 33:4 - 9, *Wisdom of Solomon 9:1*Judith 16:14*2 Ezra 16:55 - 56

And those who emigrated for [the cause of] God after they had been wronged - We will surely settle them in this world [in] a good [place]; but the reward of the Hereafter is greater, if only they knew.

[They are] those who endured patiently and trusted in their Lord.

And We did not send before you except men to whom We revealed [Our reminder]. So ask the people about the reminder if you do not know.

[We sent them] with clear proofs and written ordinances. And We revealed to you the Reminder that you may make clear to the people what was sent down to them and that they might give thought.

Then do those who have planned evil deeds feel secure that God will not cause the earth to swallow them or that the punishment will not come upon them from where they do not perceive?

Or that He would not seize them during their activity, and they could not cause failure?

Or that He would not seize them gradually [in a state of dread]? But indeed, your Lord is Kind and Merciful.

Have they not seen what things God has created? Their shadows incline to the right and to the left, prostrating to God, while they are humble.

And to God prostrates whatever is in the heavens *Nehemiah 9:6 and whatever is on the earth of creatures, and the angels [as well], and they are not arrogant.

They fear their Lord above them, and they do what they are commanded.

And God has said, "Do not take for yourselves two gods. *Matthew 6:24, *Luke 16:13  He is but one God, *Deuteronomy 6:4, *Mark 12:29, *Mark 12:32, *James 2:19, *Shepherd of Hermas 26:1 so fear only Me."

And to Him [belongs] whatever is in the heavens and the earth, and to Him is [due] the religion constantly. Then is it other than God that you fear?

And whatever you have of favor - it is from God. Then when adversity touches you, to Him you cry for help.

Then when He removes the adversity from you, at once a group of you associates others with their Lord

So they will deny what We have given them. Then enjoy yourselves, for soon you are going to know.

And they assign to what they do not know a portion of that which We have provided them. By God, you will surely be questioned about what you used to invent.

And they attribute to God daughters - Exalted is He - and for them is what they desire.

And when one of them is given good news of [the birth of] a female, his face becomes dark, and he suppresses grief.

He hides himself from the people because of the evil of what he has been given good news about. Should he keep it in humiliation or bury it in the ground? Unquestionably, evil is what they decide.

For those who do not believe in the Hereafter is the example of evil; and for God is the highest example. And He is Almighty, the Most Wise.

And if God were to impose blame on the people for their wrongdoing, He would not have left upon [the earth] any creature, but He defers them for a specified term. And when their term has come, they will not postpone it an hour, nor will they advance [it].

And they attribute to God that which they dislike, and their tongues assert the lie that they will have the best [from Him]. Without a doubt, they will have the Fire, and they will be [therein] neglected.

By God, We did certainly send [messengers] to nations before you, but Satan made their deeds attractive to them. And he is [the disbelievers'] ally today [as well], and they will have a painful punishment.

And We have not revealed to you the Book, except for you to make clear to them that wherein they have differed and as guidance and mercy for a people who believe.

And God has sent down water from the heaven and given life thereby to the earth after its lifelessness. Indeed in that is a sign for a people who listen.

And indeed, for you in grazing livestock is a lesson. We give you drink from what is in their bellies - between excretion and blood - pure milk, palatable to drinkers.

And from the fruits of the palm trees and grapevines you take intoxicant and good provision. Indeed in that is a sign for a people who reason.

And your Lord inspired to the bee, "Take for yourself among the mountains, houses, and among the trees and [in] that which they construct.

Then eat from all the fruits and follow the ways of your Lord laid down [for you]." There emerges from their bellies a drink, varying in colors, in which there is healing for people. Indeed in that is a sign for a people who give thought.

And God created you; then He will take you in death. And among you is he who is reversed to the most decrepit [old] age so that he will not know, after [having had] knowledge, a thing. Indeed, God is Knowing and Powerful.

And God has favored some of you over others in provision. But those who were favored would not hand over their provision to those they possess by oath so they would be equal to them therein. Then is it the favor of God they reject?

And God has made for you from yourselves mates and has made for you from your mates sons and grandchildren and has provided for you from the good things. Then in falsehood do they believe and in the favor of God they disbelieve?

And they serve besides God that which does not possess for them provision from the heavens and the earth at all, and they are unable. *Wisdom of Solomon 13:17 - 19

So do not set forth similarities to God. Indeed, God knows and you do not know.

God sets forth an example, a slave [who is] owned and has no power over anything, and he to whom We have provided from Us good provision, so he spends from it secretly and publicly. Can they be equal? Praise to God! But most of them do not know.

And God sets forth an example of two men, one of them dumb and has no power over anything, while he is a burden to his guardian. Wherever he directs him, he brings no good. Is he equal to one who commands justice, while he is on a straight path?

And to God belongs the unseen [aspects] of the heavens and the earth. And the command for the Hour is not but as a glance of the eye *1 Corinthians 15:52 or even nearer. Indeed, God is over all things Powerful.

And God has extracted you from the wombs of your mothers not knowing a thing, and He made for you hearing and vision and hearts that perhaps you would be grateful.

Do they not see the birds controlled in the middle of the heaven? None holds them up except God. Indeed in that are signs for a people who believe.

And God has made for you from your homes a place of rest and made for you from the hides of the animals tents which you find light on your day of travel and your day of encampment; and from their wool, fur and hair is furnishing and enjoyment for a time.

And God has made for you, from that which He has created, shadows and has made for you from the mountains, shelters and has made for you garments which protect you from the heat and garments which protect you from your [enemy in] battle. Thus does He complete His favor upon you that you might submit [to Him].

But if they turn away, - then only upon you is [responsibility for] clear notification.

They recognize the favor of God; then they deny it. And most of them are disbelievers.

And the Day when We will resurrect from every nation a witness. Then it will not be permitted to the disbelievers [to apologize or make excuses], nor will they be asked to appease [God].

And when those who wronged see the punishment, it will not be lightened for them, nor will they be given respite.

And when those who associated others [with God] see their "partners," they will say, "Our Lord, these are our partners [to You] whom we used to invoke besides You." But they will throw at them the statement, "Indeed, you are liars."

And they will offer to God that Day peace, and lost from them is what they used to invent.

Those who disbelieved and averted [others] from the way of God - We will increase them in punishment over [their] punishment for what corruption they were causing.

And the Day when We will resurrect among every nation a witness over them from themselves. *Matthew 24:30*Mark 13:26 And We will bring you, as a witness over your nation. And We have sent down to you the Book as clarification for all things and as guidance and mercy and good news for those in submission [to God].

Indeed, God orders justice and good [conduct] and giving to relatives and forbids immorality and bad [conduct] and oppression. He admonishes you that perhaps you will be reminded.

And fulfill the covenant of God when you have taken it, and do not break oaths after their confirmation while you have made God, over you, a surety. Indeed, God knows what you do.

And do not be like she who breaks her spun thread, untwisting it after it was strong [by] taking your oaths as [means of] deceit between you because one community is more plentiful [in number or wealth] than another community. God only tries you thereby. And He will surely make clear to you on the Day of Resurrection that over which you used to differ.

And if God had willed, He could have made you [of] one religion, but He causes to stray whom He wills and guides whom He wills. And you will surely be questioned about what you used to do.

And do not take your oaths as [means of] deceit between you, lest a foot slip after it was [once] firm, and you would taste evil for what [people] you diverted from the way of God, and you would have a great punishment.

And do not exchange the covenant of God for a small price. Indeed, what is with God is best for you, if only you could know.

Whatever you have will end, but what God has is lasting. And We will surely give those who were patient their reward according to the best of what they used to do.

Whoever does righteousness, whether male or female, while they are a believer - We will surely cause them to live a good life, and We will surely give them their reward [in the Hereafter] according to the best of what they used to do.

So when you recite the Qur'an, [first] seek refuge in God from Satan, the expelled.

Indeed, there is for him no authority over those who have believed and trusted in their Lord.

His authority is only over those who take him as an ally and those who through him associate others [with God].

And when We substitute a verse in place of a verse - and God is most knowing of what He sends down - they say, "You are an inventor [of lies]." But most of them do not know.

Say, "The Holy Spirit has brought it down from your Lord in truth *John 14:16 - 17, *John 14:26*John 15:26*John 16:13 to make firm those who believe and as guidance and good news to those in submission [to God]."

And We certainly know that they say, "It is only a human being who teaches the prophet." The tongue of the one they refer to is foreign, and [this Qur'an] is [in] a clear Arabic language.

Indeed, those who do not believe in the verses of God - God will not guide them, and for them is a painful punishment.

They only invent falsehood who do not believe in the verses of God, and it is those who are the liars.

Whoever disbelieves in God after his belief... except for one who is forced [to renounce his religion] while his heart is secure in faith. But those who [willingly] open their breasts to disbelief, upon them is wrath from God, and for them is a great punishment;

That is because they preferred the worldly life over the Hereafter and that God does not guide the disbelieving people.

Those are the ones over whose hearts and hearing and vision God has sealed, and it is those who are the heedless.

Without a doubt, it is they, in the Hereafter, who will be in loss.

Then, indeed your Lord, to those who emigrated after they had been persecuted and thereafter strove [for the cause of God] and were patient - indeed, your Lord, after that, is Forgiving and Merciful

On the Day when every soul will come disputing for itself, and every soul will be fully compensated for what it did, and they will not be wronged.

And God sets forth an example, a city which was secure and content, its provision coming to it in abundance from every location, but it denied the favors of God. So God made it taste the envelopment of hunger and fear for what they had been doing.

And there had certainly come to them a messenger from among themselves, but they denied him; so punishment overtook them while they were wrongdoers.

Then eat of what God has provided for you [which is] lawful and good. And be grateful for the favor of God, if it is [indeed] Him that you serve.

He has only forbidden to you dead [animals], *Leviticus 22:8 blood, *Genesis 9:4, *Leviticus 7:26, *Leviticus 17:12, *Deuteronomy 12:23, *Acts 15:20 the flesh of swine, *Leviticus 11:7 - 8*Deuteronomy 14:8 and that which has been dedicated to other than God. *Exodus 34:15, *Acts 15:28 - 29, *Acts 21:25, *1 Corinthians 10:28 But whoever is forced, neither desiring [it] nor transgressing - then indeed, God is Forgiving and Merciful.

And do not say about what your tongues assert of untruth, "This is lawful," and "This is unlawful," to invent falsehood about God. Indeed, those who invent falsehood about God will not succeed.

[It is but] a brief enjoyment, and they will have a painful punishment.

And to those who are Jews We have prohibited that which We related to you before. And We did not wrong them [thereby], but they were wronging themselves.

Then, indeed your Lord, to those who have done wrong out of ignorance and then repent after that and make amends - indeed, your Lord, thereafter, is Forgiving and Merciful.

Indeed, Abraham was a nation, *Genesis 18:18 devoutly obedient to God, inclining toward truth, and he was not of those who associate others [with God].

[He was] grateful for His favors. God chose him and guided him to a straight path.

And We gave him good in this world, and indeed, in the Hereafter he will be among the righteous.

Then We revealed to you, to follow the religion of Abraham, inclining toward truth; and he was not of those who associate others [with God].

The sabbath was only appointed for those who differed over it. And indeed, your Lord will judge between them on the Day of Resurrection concerning that over which they used to differ.

Invite to the way of your Lord with wisdom and good instruction, and argue with them in a way that is best. Indeed, your Lord is most knowing of who has strayed from His way, and He is most knowing of who is [rightly] guided.

And if you retaliate, retaliate with an equivalent of that with which you were afflicted. But if you are patient - it is better for those who are patient.

And be patient, and your patience is not but through God. And do not grieve over them and do not be in distress over what they conspire.

Indeed, God is with those who fear [Him] and those who are doers of good.