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) Lo! We sent unto them two [apostles,] and they gave the lie to both; and so We strengthened [the two] with a third; and thereupon they said: "Behold, we have been sent unto you [by God]!" (14) They (people of the town) said: "You are only human beings like ourselves, and the Most Beneficent (Allah) has revealed nothing, you are only telling lies." (15) They answered, “Our Lord knows that surely, without doubt, we have been sent towards you.” (16) and it is only for us to deliver the Manifest Message.' (17) They said, 'We augur ill of you. If you give not over, we will stone you and there shall visit you from us a painful chastisement.' (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) 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 ask of you no fee, and who are rightly guided. (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) What! shall I take besides Him gods whose intercession, If the Beneficent Allah should desire to afflict me with a harm, shall not avail me aught, nor shall they be able to deliver me? (23) Then truly I should be in error manifest. (24) Messengers, listen to me. I believe in your Lord." (25) It was said, 'Enter Paradise!' He said, 'Ah, would that my people had knowledge (26) (wherein he said), "Would that people knew how my Lord has granted me forgiveness and honor". (27) ۞ We sent not down against his people after him a host from heaven, nor do We ever send. (28) It was only one Cry and lo, they were silent and still. (29) Alas for human beings! They ridicule every messenger that comes to them. (30) Have they not seen how many generations have We destroyed before them who will not return again? (31) And surely, all, everyone of them will be brought before Us. (32)