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The Qurʾan What is This? A current English-language version of the Qur'an, published in 2004
Translation by M.A.S. Abdel Haleem

29. The Spider (2 – 23)

2Do people think they will be left alone after saying ‘We believe’ without being put to the test? 3We tested those who went before them: God will certainly mark out which ones are truthful and which are lying. 4Do the evildoers think they can escape us? How ill they judge! 5But as for those who strive for their meeting with God, God's appointed time is bound to come; He is the All Seeing, the All Knowing. 6Those who exert themselves do so for their own benefit—God does not need His creatures—7We shall certainly blot out the misdeeds of those who believe and do good deeds, and We shall reward them according to the best of their actions. 8We have commanded people to be good to their parents, but do not obey them if they strive to make you serve, beside Me, anything of which you have no knowledge: you will all return to Me, and I shall inform you of what you have done. 9We shall be sure to admit those who believe and do good deeds to the ranks of the righteous.

10There are some people who say, ‘We believe in God,’ but, when they suffer for His cause, they think that human persecution is as severe as God's punishment—yet, if any help comes to you [Prophet] from your Lord, they will say, ‘We have always been with you’. Does God not know best what is in everyone's hearts? 11God will be sure to mark out which ones are the believers, and which the hypocrites. 12Those who disbelieve say to the believers, ‘Follow our path and we shall bear [the consequences for] your sins,’ yet they will not do so—they are liars. 13They will bear their own burdens and others besides: they will be questioned about their false assertions on the Day of Resurrection.

14We sent Noah out to his people. He lived among them for fifty years short of a thousand but when the Flood overwhelmed them they were still doing evil. 15We saved him and those with him on the Ark. We made this a sign for all people.

16We also sent Abraham. He said to his people, ‘Serve God and be mindful of Him: that is better for you, if only you knew 17What you worship instead of God are mere idols; what you invent is nothing but falsehood. Those you serve instead of God have no power to give you provisions, so seek provisions from God, serve Him, and give Him thanks: you will all be returned to Him. 18If you say this is a lie, [be warned that] other communities before you said the same. The messenger's only duty is to give clear warning.’

19Do they not see that God brings life into being and reproduces it? Truly this is easy for God. 20Say, ‘Travel throughout the earth and see how He brings life into being: and He will bring the next life into being. God has power over all things. 21He punishes whoever He will and shows mercy to whoever He will. You will all be returned to Him. 22You cannot escape Him on earth or in the heavens; you will have no one to protect or help you besides God.’ 23Those who deny God's Revelation and their meeting with Him have no hope of receiving My grace: they will have a grievous torment.

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