Strike for them a similitude -- the inhabitants of the city, when the Envoys came to it; (13) When We sent to them two Messengers, they belied them both, so We reinforced them with a third, and they said: "Verily! We have been sent to you as Messengers." (14) They said: “We have been sent to you as Messengers.” The people of the town said: “You are only human beings like ourselves, and the Merciful Lord has revealed nothing. You are simply lying.” (15) (The messengers) said: "Our Lord knows that we have been sent to you. (16) "And our duty is only to convey plainly (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) The Messengers replied: “Your evil omen is with you. (Are you saying this) because you were asked to take heed? The truth is that you are a people who have exceeded all bounds.” (19) Then, from the furthest part of the city, a man came running. He said, "My people, follow the messengers. (20) Follow him who does not ask you for reward, and they are the followers of the right course; (21) "Why should I not worship Him who has brought me into being, and to whom you shall all be recalled? (22) Should I take to worshipping [other] deities beside Him? [But then,] if the Most Gracious should will that harm befall me, their intercession could not in the least avail me, nor could they save me: (23) "I would indeed, if I were to do so, be in manifest Error. (24) Behold, I believe in your Lord; therefore hear me!' (25) It was said: Enter the garden. He said: O would that my people had known (26) how my Sustainer has forgiven me [the sins of my past,] and has 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 just one scream, and with it they were extinguished. (29) OH, THE REGRETS that [most] human beings will have to bear! Never has an apostle come to them without their deriding him! (30) What, have they not seen how many generations We have destroyed before them, and that it is not unto them that they return? (31) All of them shall (one day) be gathered before Us. (32)