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 unto them twain, and they denied them both, so We reinforced them with a third, and they said: Lo! we have been sent unto you. (14) The people said, "You are mere mortals like us and the Beneficent God has sent nothing. You are only liars." (15) The Messengers said: “Our Lord knows that we have indeed been sent to you (16) "And our duty is only to proclaim the clear 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) The Messengers said, "This ill omen lies within yourselves. Will you then take heed? In fact, you are a transgressing people." (19) And from the remote part of the city there came a man running, he said: O my people! follow the apostles; (20) Follow those who do not ask for any recompense of you, and are rightly guided. (21) For what cause should I not serve Him Who hath created me, and unto Whom ye will be brought back? (22) "Shall I take besides Him aliha (gods), if the Most Beneficent (Allah) intends me any harm, their intercession will be of no use for me whatsoever, nor can they save me? (23) and so, behold, I would have indeed, most obviously, lost myself in error! (24) Indeed, I have believed in your Lord, so listen to me." (25) It was said (unto him): Enter paradise. He said: Would that my people knew (26) that my Lord has forgiven me, and caused me to be amongst the receivers of generosity' (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 but one Saihah (shout, etc.) and lo! They (all) were silent (dead-destroyed). (29) Alas for mankind! There never came a Messenger to them but they used to mock at him. (30) Have they not seen how many generations We destroyed before them, which indeed returned not unto them; (31) They will all be brought into Our presence together. (32)