And propound thou unto them the similitude of the inhabitants of a town, when there came thereto the sent ones. (13) When We sent two of them they called them liars; so We sent a third to strengthen them. "We have been sent to you," they said. (14) They said: Ye are but mortals like unto us. The Beneficent hath naught revealed. Ye do but lie! (15) They said: "Our Lord doth know that we have been sent on a mission to you: (16) but we are not bound to do more than clearly deliver the message [entrusted to us]." (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 omen is with yourselves. Is it because you were reminded? Rather, you are a transgressing people." (19) Then a man came running from the other side of the city. "O my people," he said, "follow the messengers. (20) “Obey those who do not ask any fee from you, and they are on 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, apart from Him, gods whose intercession, if the All-merciful desires affliction for me, shall not avail me anything, and who will never deliver me? (23) In that case I should indeed be in manifest error. (24) I believe in your Lord; so listen to 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) ۞ We did not send an army against his people from the heaven after his death nor did We need to send one. (28) It was but one Saihah (shout, etc.) and lo! They (all) were silent (dead-destroyed). (29) Ah the misery of the bondmen! there cometh not unto them an apostle, but him they have been mocking. (30) Do they not see how many generations We have destroyed before them? Never shall they return to them. (31) They will all be brought into Our presence together. (32)