And present to them an example: the people of the city, when the messengers came to it - (13) When We (first) sent to them two messengers, they rejected them: But We strengthened them with a third: they said, "Truly, we have been sent on a mission to you." (14) They said, 'You are naught but mortals like us; the All-merciful has not sent down anything. You are speaking only lies.' (15) They answered, “Our Lord knows that surely, without doubt, we have been sent towards you.” (16) Our duty is to convey the message clearly." (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 omens are with you! What! You get annoyed for being advised? In fact you are a people who transgress the limits!” (19) And there came from the farthest part of the town a man running. He said; O my people! follow the sent ones. (20) Follow him who does not ask you for reward, and they are the followers of the right course; (21) "It would not be reasonable in me if I did not serve Him Who created me, and to Whom ye shall (all) be brought back. (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 would surely be in clear 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) With what (munificence) my Lord hath pardoned me and made me of the honoured ones! (27) ۞ And We did not send down upon his people after him any hosts from heaven, nor do We ever send down. (28) It was only a single blast which made them extinct. (29) Ah the misery of the bondmen! there cometh not unto them an apostle, but him they have been mocking. (30) Have they not seen how many generations We destroyed before them, which will not return to them? (31) They will all be brought together before Us. (32)