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) 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) They said, “You are nothing but mortals like us; the Most Gracious has not sent down anything you are nothing but liars.” (15) They said, "Our Lord knows that we are messengers to you, (16) And our duty is only to convey the message to you clearly," (17) They answered: 'We predict evil of you. If you do not desist, we will stone you and a painful punishment from us will befall you' (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) And there came from the farthest part of the town a man running. He said; O my people! follow the sent ones. (20) "Obey those who ask no reward of you (for themselves), and who have themselves received Guidance. (21) And why should I not serve Him who originated me, and unto whom you shall be returned? (22) Shall I take (other) gods in place of Him when, if the Beneficent should wish me any harm, their intercession will avail me naught, nor can they save? (23) In that case I shall most surely be in clear error: (24) Messengers, listen to me. I believe in your Lord." (25) [And] he was told, "[Thou shalt] enter paradise!" - [whereupon] he exclaimed: "Would that my people knew (26) how my Sustainer has forgiven me [the sins of my past,] and has placed me among the honoured ones!" (27) ۞ We did not send an army against his people from the heaven after his death nor did We need to send one. (28) It was only one Shout and they were silent, still. (29) Alas for men! No apostle ever came to them but they made fun of him. (30) Do they not see how many generations We have destroyed before them? Never shall they return to them. (31) They shall every one of them be arraigned before Us. (32)