And put forward to them a similitude; the (story of the) dwellers of the town, [It is said that the town was Antioch (Antakiya)], when there came Messengers to them. (13) when We sent unto them two men, but they cried them lies, so We sent a third as reinforcement. They said, 'We are assuredly Envoys unto you. (14) [The others] answered: "You are nothing but mortal men like ourselves; moreover, the Most Gracious has never bestowed aught [of revelation] from on high. You do nothing but lie!" (15) They said, "Our Lord knows that we are messengers to you, (16) "And our duty is only to proclaim the clear Message." (17) They said: Surely we augur evil from you; if you do not desist, we will certainly stone you, and there shall certainly afflict you a painful chastisement from us. (18) (The messengers) said: "The augury is within your own selves. Do you (consider it a bad omen) that you should be warned? You are a people guilty of excess." (19) And from the outermost part of the city came a man running; he said, “O my people! Obey those who have been sent.” (20) Follow those who do not ask of you [any] payment, and they are [rightly] guided. (21) And why should I not worship He who created me and to whom you will be returned? (22) Shall I take beside Him gods when, if the Compassionate should intend me any harm, their intercession will avail me not at all, nor would they save me? (23) Indeed, I would then be in manifest error. (24) "Verily, [O my people,] in the Sustainer of you all have I come to believe: listen, then, to me!" (25) [And] he was told, "[Thou shalt] enter paradise!" - [whereupon] he exclaimed: "Would that my people knew (26) How my Lord has forgiven me and made me one of those who are honoured!" (27) ۞ And We did not send down to his nation after him any army from heaven, neither would We send any down. (28) It was just one scream, and with it they were extinguished. (29) Alas for human beings! They ridicule every messenger that comes to them. (30) Are they not aware of how many a generation We have destroyed before their time, [and] that those [that have perished] will never return to them, (31) They will all be brought into Our presence together. (32)