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ⅩⅩⅥ, 216-ⅩⅩⅦ, 4.
the chapter of the ant.

do,’ and rely thou upon the mighty, merciful One, who sees thee when thou dost stand up, and thy posturing amongst those who adore[1]. 220 Verily, He both hears and knows !

Shall I inform you upon whom the devils descend ? they descend upon every sinful liar, and impart what they have heard[2]; but most of them are liars.

And the poets do those follow who go astray ! 225 Dost thou not see that they wander distraught in every vale ? and that they say that which they do not do ? save those who believe, and do right, and remember God much, and defend themselves after they are wronged; but those who do wrong shall know with what a turn they shall be turned[3].

The Chapter of the Ant.

(ⅩⅩⅦ. Mecca.)

In the name of the merciful and compassionate God.

T. S. Those are the signs of the Qurʼân and the perspicuous Book ; a guidance and glad tidings to the believers, who are steadfast at prayer, and give alms, and of the hereafter are sure; verily, those who believe not in the hereafter we have made seemly for them their works, and they shall wander

  1. Or, it may be thy going to and fro amongst believers, as Mohammed is reported to have done one night, to see what they were about, and he found the whole settlement ‘ buzzing like a hornet’s nest with the sound of the recitation of the Qurʼân and of their prayers.’
  2. That is, by listening at the door of heaven ; see Part Ⅰ, p. 50, note 2.
  3. That is, in what condition they shall be brought before God.

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