68:31 [In the end] they said “Oh, woe unto us! Verily, we did behave outrageously!
68:32 [But] it may be that our Sustainer will grant us something better instead, for, Verily, unto our Sustainer do we turn with hope!”
68:33 Such is the suffering [with which We try some people in this world], but greater by far will be the suffering [which sinners shall have to bear] in the life to come – if they but knew it!
68:34 For, behold, it is the God-conscious [alone] whom gardens of bliss await with their Sustainer.
68:35 Or should We, perchance, treat those who surrender themselves unto Us as [We would treat] those who remain lost in sin?
68:36 What is amiss with you? On what do you base your judgment [of right and wrong]?
68:37 Or have you, perchance, a [special] divine writ which you study.
68:38 And in which you find all that you may wish to find?
68:39 Or have you received a solemn promise, binding on Us till Resurrection Day, that yours will assuredly be whatever you judge [to be your rightful due]?
68:40 Ask them which of them is able to vouch for this!
68:41) Or have they, perchance, any ages to support their views? Well, then, if they are sincere in this claim, let them produce those supporters of theirs.
68:42 On the Day when man’s very being shall be bared to the bone, and when they [who now deny the truth] shall be called upon to prostrate themselves [before God], and shall be unable to do so.
68:43 Downcast will be their eyes, with ignominy overwhelming them – seeing that they had been called upon [in vain] to prostrate themselves [before Him] while they were yet sound [and alive].
68:44 Hence, leave Me alone with such as give the lie to this tiding. We shall bring them low, step by step, without their perceiving how it has come about.
68:45 For, behold, though I may give them rein for a while, My subtle scheme is exceedingly firm!
68:45 Or is it that [they fear lest] thou ask them for a reward, [O Prophet] so that they would be burdened with debt [if they listened to thee]?
68:47 Or [do they think] that the hidden reality [of all that exists] is within their grasp, so that [in time] they can write it down?
68:48 Bear than with patience thy Sustainer’s will and be not like him of the great fish, who cried out [in distress] after having given in to anger.
68:49 [And remember] had not to grace from his Sustainer reached him, he would indeed have been cast forth upon that barren shore in a state
68:50 But [as it was] his Sustainer had elected him and placed him among the righteous.
68:51 Hence, [be patient] even though they who are bent on denying the truth would all but kill thee with their eyes whenever they hear this reminder, and [though] they say, “[As for Mubammad] Behold, most surely he is a madman!”
68:52 [Be patient] for this is naught else but a reminder [from God] to all mankind.