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The great ones among Pharaoh's people said: "Verily, this is indeed a sorcerer of great knowledge, (109) and said, "He wants to expel you from your land." They asked (others), " what is your opinion in the matter? (110) They said: "Keep him and his brother in suspense (for a while); and send to the cities men to collect- (111) who should bring to you every skillful magician." (112) And so the sorcerers came to Fir'aun (Pharaoh). They said: "Indeed there will be a (good) reward for us if we are the victors." (113) He said, 'Yes, indeed; and you shall be among the near-stationed.' (114) So they said: "O Moses, you may cast your spell first, or we shall cast ours." (115) "You cast it first," answered Moses. When they cast their spell, they bewitched the eyes of the people and petrified them by conjuring up a great charm. (116) And We inspired Moses (saying): Throw thy staff! And lo! it swallowed up their lying show. (117) ۞ Thus truth was confirmed, and all that they did was made of no effect. (118) Pharaoh and his men were defeated and put to shame, (119) But the sorcerers fell down prostrate in adoration. (120) They said, 'We believe in the Lord of all Being, (121) the Lord of Moses and Aaron' (122) Pharaoh said: 'Do you believe in Him before I permit? This is a plot that you have contrived in the city in order to expel its people from it. Now you shall know! (123) I shall cut off your hands and feet on the opposite sides, and then crucify you all.' (124) They said: verily unto our Lord we are turning. (125) And you do not take revenge on us except because we have believed in the communications of our Lord when they came to us! Our Lord: Pour out upon us patience and cause us to die in submission. (126)
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