Coin for them a similitude: The people of the city when those sent (from Allah) came unto them; (13) We sent to them two Messengers and they rejected both of them as liars. Then We strengthened them with a third (Messenger). (14) They said, 'You are naught but mortals like us; the All-merciful has not sent down anything. You are speaking only lies.' (15) They answered: Our Lord knoweth that we are indeed sent unto you, (16) And on us is naught but manifest preaching. (17) (The people of the city) said: We augur ill of you. If ye desist not, we shall surely stone you, and grievous torture will befall you at our hands. (18) They said: Your evil fortune is with you; what! if you are reminded! Nay, you are an extravagant people. (19) A man came running from the farthest part of the city saying, "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) 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) "I would indeed, if I were to do so, be in manifest Error. (24) “Indeed I have believed in your Lord, so heed me.” (25) (Eventually they killed him and he was told): “Enter Paradise.” The man exclaimed: “Would that my people knew (26) “The manner in which my Lord has pardoned me and made me of the honoured ones!” (27) ۞ And after that, no host out of heaven did We send down against his people, nor did We need to send down any: (28) It was only one Cry and lo, they were silent and still. (29) Alas for the servants! there comes not to them an apostle but they mock at him. (30) Do they not consider how many of the generations have We destroyed before them, because they do not turn to them? (31) And surely, all, everyone of them will be brought before Us. (32)