Tell them the story of the people of the town to whom Messengers came. (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 nothing devolves on us but a clear deliverance (of the message). (17) They said: verily we augur ill of you; if ye desist not, we shall surely stone you, and there will befall you from us a torment afflictive. (18) They said: "Your evil omens are with yourselves: (deem ye this an evil omen). If ye are admonished? Nay, but ye are a people transgressing 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) "Obey those who ask no reward of you (for themselves), and who have themselves received Guidance. (21) Why should I not worship Him who brought me into being, to whom you will be brought back in the end? (22) What! Shall I take any deities apart from Him whose intercession will not avail me the least were the Merciful One to bring any adversity upon me, nor will they be able to rescue me? (23) "I would indeed, if I were to do so, be in manifest Error. (24) Verily! I have believed in your Lord, so listen to me!" (25) (But they stoned him to death.) It was said to him: "Enter Paradise;" and he said: "If only 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) There was but a single Blast and suddenly they became silent and still. (29) Ah, the anguish for the bondmen! Never came there unto them a messenger but they did mock him! (30) Have they not seen how many nations before them did We destroy? Thereafter they never came back to them. (31) All of them shall (one day) be gathered before Us. (32)