And put forward to them a similitude; the (story of the) dwellers of the town, [It is said that the town was Antioch (Antakiya)], when there came Messengers to them. (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 (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) (The messengers) said: "Our Lord knows that we have been sent to you. (16) and our duty is no more than to clearly convey the Message.” (17) They said: Surely we augur evil from you; if you do not desist, we will certainly stone you, and there shall certainly afflict you a painful chastisement from us. (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) At that, a man came running from the farthest end of the city, [and] exclaimed: "O my people! Follow these message-bearers! (20) follow those who do not ask any recompense from you and are rightly-guided. (21) Why should I not serve the One Who created me and to Whom all of you shall be sent back? (22) "Shall I take (other) gods besides Him? If (Allah) Most Gracious should intend some adversity for me, of no use whatever will be their intercession for me, nor can they deliver me. (23) (Had I worshipped things besides God, I would have been in manifest error). (24) Behold, I believe in your Lord; therefore hear me!' (25) It was said: enter thou the Garden. He said: would that my people knew. (26) Of how my Lord has forgiven me and placed me among the honored." (27) ۞ And after him, We did not send down any army from heaven against his people, nor did We intend to send down an army. (28) It was only one Shout and they were silent, still. (29) Alas for men! No apostle ever came to them but they made fun of him. (30) Do they not consider how many of the generations have We destroyed before them, because they do not turn to them? (31) But each one of them all - will be brought before Us (for judgment). (32)