Tell them the story of the people of the town to whom Messengers came. (13) What time We sent unto them two, then they belied the twain, wherefore We strengthened them with a third, and they said: verily we are unto you the sent ones. (14) They said: You are naught but mortals like ourselves, nor has the Beneficent Allah revealed anything; you only lie. (15) They said, "Our Lord knows that we are messengers to you, (16) and it is only for us to deliver the Manifest Message.' (17) The people said, "We have ill omens about you. If you will not desist, we shall stone you and make you suffer a painful torment". (18) They said, 'Your augury is with you; if you are reminded? But you are a prodigal people.' (19) Then, a man came running from the furthest part of the village 'My nation' he said, 'follow the Messengers, (20) follow those who ask no wage of you and are rightly guided. (21) And why should I not worship He who created me and to whom you will be returned? (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) “Undoubtedly, I am then in open error.” (24) Surely I believe in your Lord, therefore hear me. (25) (But they stoned him to death.) It was said to him: "Enter Paradise;" and he said: "If only my people knew (26) "For that my Lord has granted me Forgiveness and has enrolled me among those held in honour!" (27) ۞ We did not send down any army against his people from heaven, nor did We have 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) Do they not consider how many of the generations have We destroyed before them, because they do not turn to them? (31) all shall be arraigned before Us. (32)