Give to them a parable; to the people of the village there came Messengers, (13) When We (first) sent to them two messengers, they rejected them: But We strengthened them with a third: they said, "Truly, we have been sent on a mission to you." (14) They said: ye are but human beings like ourselves; the Compassionate hath not sent down aught; ye are only lying. (15) They said, "Our Lord knows that we have been sent to you. (16) "And our duty is only to convey plainly (the Message)." (17) They rejoined: "We feel you augur ill. If you do not desist, we shall stone you to death, and inflict a grievous punishment on you." (18) The Messengers said, "This ill omen lies within yourselves. Will you then take heed? In fact, you are a transgressing people." (19) Then, from the furthest part of the city, a man came running. He said, "My people, follow the messengers. (20) Follow those who ask no reward of you, and themselves are rightly guided! (21) "[As for me,] why should I not worship Him who has brought me into being, and to whom you all will be brought back? (22) What, shall I take, other than Him, gods whose intercession, if the Merciful desires to afflict me, cannot help me at all, and they will never save me? (23) Surely in that case I should be in manifest error. (24) Messengers, listen to me. I believe in your Lord." (25) It was said: "Enter thou the Garden." He said: "Ah me! Would that my People knew (what I know)!- (26) that my Lord has forgiven me and that He has placed me among the honoured.' (27) ۞ And We sent not down upon his people, after him, any host out of heaven; neither would We send any down. (28) It was naught but a single cry, and lo! they were still. (29) And it was said, “Woe to those bondmen whenever a Noble Messenger comes to them, they mock at him!” (30) Have they not seen how many generations have We destroyed before them who will not return again? (31) They will all be brought into Our presence together. (32)