AND SET FORTH unto them a parable - [the story of how] the people of a township [behaved] when [Our] message-bearers came unto them. (13) What time We sent unto them two, then they belied the twain, wherefore We strengthened them with a third, and they said: verily we are unto you the sent ones. (14) They said: ye are but human beings like ourselves; the Compassionate hath not sent down aught; ye are only lying. (15) They said, 'Our Lord knows we are Envoys unto you; (16) And nothing devolves on us but a clear deliverance (of the message). (17) They (people) said: "For us, we see an evil omen from you, if you cease not, we will surely stone you, and a painful torment will touch you from us." (18) [The apostles] replied: "Your destiny, good or evil, is [bound up] with yourselves! [Does it seem evil to you] if you are told to take [the truth] to heart? Nay, but you are people who have wasted their own selves!" (19) Then, a man came running from the furthest part of the village 'My nation' he said, 'follow the Messengers, (20) Follow those who ask no reward of you, and themselves are rightly guided! (21) Why should I not serve the One Who created me and to Whom all of you shall be sent back? (22) What, shall I take, other than Him, gods whose intercession, if the Merciful desires to afflict me, cannot help me at all, and they will never save me? (23) "I would indeed, if I were to do so, be in manifest Error. (24) I believe in your Lord, so listen to me." (25) It was said, "Enter Paradise." He said, "I wish my people could know (26) how my Lord has forgiven me and 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 only a single blast which made them extinct. (29) Alas for human beings! They ridicule every messenger that comes to them. (30) Do they not see how many of the generations We have destroyed before them? Verily, they will not return to them. (31) But all, without exception, will be brought before Us. (32)