And set out to them an example of the people of the town, when the apostles came to it. (13) We sent to them two Messengers and they rejected both of them as liars. Then We strengthened them with a third (Messenger). (14) They replied, "You are nothing but mortal men like us and the Merciful God has not revealed anything. You are surely lying." (15) They said: Our Lord knows that we are most surely apostles to you. (16) and our duty is no more than to clearly convey the Message.” (17) The people of the town said: “We believe you are an evil omen for us. If you do not desist, we will stone you or you will receive a grievous chastisement from us.” (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 ask not of you any hire, and who 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) Should I take other than Him [false] deities [while], if the Most Merciful intends for me some adversity, their intercession will not avail me at all, nor can they save me? (23) In that case I would surely be in clear error. (24) Indeed, I have believed in your Lord, so listen to me." (25) We said to him, "Enter paradise," and 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) ۞ And after him, We did not send down any army from heaven against his people, nor did We intend to send down an army. (28) It was but one Shout, and lo! they were extinct. (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, living before them, had We destroyed and they cannot ever come back to them? (31) And surely all, every one of them, shall be brought before Us. (32)