Give to them a parable; to the people of the village there came Messengers, (13) when We sent unto them two men, but they cried them lies, so We sent a third as reinforcement. They said, 'We are assuredly Envoys unto you. (14) They (people of the town) said: "You are only human beings like ourselves, and the Most Beneficent (Allah) has revealed nothing, you are only telling lies." (15) They said: 'Our Lord knows that we are Messengers to you. (16) And nothing devolves on us but a clear deliverance (of the message). (17) They answered: 'We predict evil of you. If you do not desist, we will stone you and a painful punishment from us will befall you' (18) They said, “Your evil omens are with you! What! You get annoyed for being advised? In fact you are a people who transgress the limits!” (19) And there came from the farthest end of the city a man, running. He said, "O my people, follow the messengers. (20) "Obey those who ask no wages of you (for themselves), and who are rightly guided. (21) And why should I not serve Him who originated me, and unto whom you shall be returned? (22) Shall I take others besides Him as gods? If the Gracious God should intend me any harm, their intercession will be of no avail, nor can they deliver me. (23) Verily then I should be in error manifest. (24) I believe in your Lord; so listen to me.” (25) It was said, 'Enter Paradise!' He said, 'Ah, would that my people had knowledge (26) how my Lord has forgiven me and placed me among the honoured ones!" (27) ۞ We did not send an army against his people from the heaven after his death nor did We need to send one. (28) It was but one shout, and lo! they were extinct. (29) OH, THE REGRETS that [most] human beings will have to bear! Never has an apostle come to them without their deriding him! (30) Have they not considered how many generations We destroyed before them - that they to them will not return? (31) And surely all, every one of them, shall be brought before Us. (32)