Give to them a parable; to the people of the village there came Messengers, (13) We sent to them two, but they belied them so We reinforced them with a third. They said: 'We have surely been sent as Messengers to you' (14) They said, “You are nothing but mortals like us; the Most Gracious has not sent down anything you are nothing but liars.” (15) They said: our Lord knoweth that we are surely unto you the sent ones. (16) "And our duty is only to convey plainly (the 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) 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 a man came running from the other side of the city. "O my people," he said, "follow the messengers. (20) Follow those who ask of you no fee, and who are rightly guided. (21) And why should I not worship He who created me and to whom you will be returned? (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) (Had I worshipped things besides God, I would have been in manifest error). (24) Behold, I believe in your Lord; therefore hear me!' (25) [And] he was told, "[Thou shalt] enter paradise!" - [whereupon] he exclaimed: "Would that my people knew (26) how my Sustainer has forgiven me [the sins of my past,] and has placed me among the honoured ones!" (27) ۞ And We sent not down upon his people, after him, any host out of heaven; neither would We send any down. (28) It was not but one shout, and immediately they were extinguished. (29) Alas for mankind! There never came a Messenger to them but they used to mock at him. (30) Have they not seen how many generations We destroyed before them? They shall never return to them, (31) And surely, all, everyone of them will be brought before Us. (32)