۞ From the earth We have created you, and to it We shall return you, and from it We shall raise you again. (55) And We verily did show him all Our tokens, but he denied them and refused. (56) He said: "Hast thou come to drive us out of our land by thy sorcery, O Moses? (57) "But we can surely produce magic to match thine! So make a tryst between us and thee, which we shall not fail to keep - neither we nor thou - in a place where both shall have even chances." (58) Moses said, "The day of the encounter will be the day of the festival, and let the people assemble when the sun has risen high." (59) So Pharaoh went away, put together his plan, and then came [to Moses]. (60) (At the time of the encounter) Moses said to them: "Woe to you! Do not invent falsehoods against Allah lest He destroy you with a scourge. Surely those who invent lies shall come to grief." (61) So they disputed with one another about their affair and kept the discourse secret. (62) and said, "These two people are magicians. They want to expel you from your land through their magic and to destroy your own tradition. (63) Wherefore devise your stratagem, and then come in a row; and prospered today is he who overcometh. (64) They said, "O Moses, either you throw or we will be the first to throw." (65) 'No,' said Moses. 'Do you cast!' And lo, it seemed to him, by their sorcery, their ropes and their staffs were sliding; (66) Then a kind of fear in his soul Musa felt. (67) But We said to him: 'Do not be afraid; you shall surely be the uppermost. (68) "And throw that which is in your right hand! It will swallow up that which they have made. That which they have made is only a magician's trick, and the magician will never be successful, no matter whatever amount (of skill) he may attain." (69) Then the wizards were (all) flung down prostrate, crying: We believe in the Lord of Aaron and Moses. (70) [Fir'aun (Pharaoh)] said: "Believe you in him [Musa (Moses)] before I give you permission? Verily! He is your chief who taught you magic. So I will surely cut off your hands and feet on opposite sides, and I will surely crucify you on the trunks of date-palms, and you shall surely know which of us [I (Fir'aun - Pharaoh) or the Lord of Musa (Moses) (Allah)] can give the severe and more lasting torment." (71) They said, "Never shall we prefer you to all the evidence of the truth that has come to us. Nor to Him who has brought us into being. So decide whatever you will. Your jurisdiction only covers the life of this world -- (72) Surely we believe in our Lord that He may forgive us our sins and the magic to which you compelled us; and Allah is better and more abiding. (73) Verily whosoever cometh unto his lord as a culprit, for him is Hell wherein he will neither die nor live. (74) And whosoever cometh unto Him as a believer, and he hath done righteous works - then these! for them are ranks high. (75) Gardens of perpetual residence beneath which rivers flow, wherein they abide eternally. And that is the reward of one who purifies himself. (76)