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the chapter of the confederates.

Verily, God has cursed the misbelievers and has prepared for them a blaze !

65 To dwell therein for ever and for aye ; they shall not find a patron or a helper !

On the day when their faces shall writhe in the fire they shall say, ‘ O, would that we had obeyed God and obeyed the Apostle !’

And they shall say, Our Lord ! ‘ verily, we obeyed our chiefs and our great men and they led us astray from the path ! Our Lord ! give them double torment and curse them with a great curse !’

O ye who believe ! be not like those who annoyed Moses ; but God cleared him of what they said, and he was regarded in the sight of God[1].

70 O ye who believe ! fear God and speak a straightforward speech. He will correct for you your works, and pardon you your sins ; for he who obeys God and His Apostle has attained a mighty happiness.

Verily, we offered the trust[2] to the heavens and the earth and the mountains, but they refused to bear it, and shrank from it ; but man bore it : verily, he is ever unjust and ignorant. That God may torment the hypocritical men and hypocritical women, and the idolaters and idolatresses ; and that God may turn relenting towards the believing men and believing women ; verily, God is ever forgiving, merciful.

  1. The occasion of the revelation of this verse is said to have been that Mohammed being accused of unfairly dividing certain spoils, said, ‘ God, have mercy on my brother Moses ; he was wronged more than this, and bore it patiently.’
  2. That is, ‘ the faith.’