Recite to them, as a case in point, the story of the people of the town when the Messengers came 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) But they said: 'You are only humans like ourselves. The Merciful has not sent down anything, your speech is but lies' (15) They answered, “Our Lord knows that surely, without doubt, we have been sent towards you.” (16) "And our duty is only to convey plainly (the Message)." (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 augury be with you! Is it because you are admonished about the truth? Surely, you are a people transgressing all bounds!" (19) Then there came running, from the farthest part of the City, a man, saying, "O my people! Obey the messengers: (20) Follow those who ask of you no fee, and who are rightly guided. (21) And why should I not serve Him who originated me, and unto whom you shall be returned? (22) Should I take other than Him [false] deities [while], if the Most Merciful intends for me some adversity, their intercession will not avail me at all, nor can they save me? (23) In that case I should indeed be in manifest error. (24) I believe in your Lord, so listen to me." (25) We said to him, "Enter paradise," and he exclaimed: "Would that my people knew (26) that my Lord has forgiven me and that He has placed me among the honoured.' (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 no more than a single mighty Blast, and behold! they were (like ashes) quenched and silent. (29) Ah! Alas for (My) Servants! There comes not a messenger to them but they mock him! (30) Have they not seen how many generations have We destroyed before them who will not return again? (31) But all, without exception, will be brought before Us. (32)