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AND WHEN the messengers [of God] came to the house of Lot, (61) He said: Lo! ye are folk unknown (to me). (62) They replied, "We have come to you about the matter which the (unbelievers) have rejected. (63) And we have come to you with truth, and indeed, we are truthful. (64) So set out thou with thy house hold in a portion of the night, and follow thou their backs, and let not one of you look back, and pass whither ye are commanded. (65) We informed him that the unbelievers would be utterly destroyed. (66) And the people of the city came rejoicing. (67) He said: Surely these are my guests, therefore do not disgrace me, (68) "And fear Allah and disgrace me not." (69) They said, "Did we not forbid you to extend hospitality to strangers?" (70) [Lot] said: "[Take instead] these daughters of mine, if you must do [whatever you intend to do]!" (71) [But the angels spoke thus:] "As thou livest, [O Lot, they will not listen to thee:] behold, in their delirium [of lust] they are but blindly stumbling to and fro!" (72) At sunrise a dreadful Shout seized them. (73) And We turned the township upside down and rained upon them stones of heated clay. (74) Surely in that are signs for such as mark; (75) The place (where this occurred) lies along a known route. (76) Verily there is a Sign in this for the believers. (77) Certainly the dwellers in the Thicket were evildoers, (78) So we took vengeance on them; and lo! they both are on a high-road plain to see. (79)
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