Strike for them a similitude -- the inhabitants of the city, when the Envoys came to it; (13) When We sent two of them they called them liars; so We sent a third to strengthen them. "We have been sent to you," they said. (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 been sent to you. (16) who have been sent to you. Our only duty is to preach clearly to you". (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) They said, 'Your augury is with you; if you are reminded? But you are a prodigal people.' (19) At that, a man came running from the farthest end of the city, [and] exclaimed: "O my people! Follow these message-bearers! (20) Follow him who does not ask you for reward, and they are the followers of the right course; (21) "And why should I not worship Him (Allah Alone) Who has created me and to Whom you shall be returned. (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) Messengers, listen to me. I believe in your Lord." (25) (But they stoned him to death.) It was said to him: "Enter Paradise;" and he said: "If only my people knew (26) “The manner in which my Lord has pardoned me and made me of the honoured ones!” (27) ۞ And We sent not against his people after him a host from heaven, nor do We send (such a thing). (28) It was but one Shout, and lo! they were extinct. (29) Ah! Alas for (My) Servants! There comes not a messenger to them but they mock him! (30) Do they not consider how many of the generations have We destroyed before them, because they do not turn to them? (31) And without exception, all of them will be brought forth before Us. (32)