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Ⅱ, 75-80.
the chapter of the heifer.

covenant. Or do ye say of God that which ye do not know ?

75 Yea ! whoso gains an evil gain, and is encompassed by his sins, those are the fellows of the Fire, and they shall dwell therein for aye ! But such as act aright, those are the fellows of Paradise, and they shall dwell therein for aye !

And when we took from the children of Israel a covenant, saying, ‘ Serve ye none but God, and to your two parents show kindness, and to your kindred and the orphans and the poor, and speak to men kindly, and be steadfast in prayer, and give alms ;’ and then ye turned back, save a few of you, and swerved aside.

And when we took a covenant from you, ‘ shed ye not your kinsman’s blood, nor turn your kinsmen out of their homes[1]:’ then did ye confirm it and were witnesses thereto. Yet ye were those who slay your kinsmen and turn a party out of their homes, and back each other up against them with sin and enmity. But if they come to you as captives ye ransom them ! — and yet it is as unlawful for you to turn them out Do ye then believe in part of the Book and disbelieve in part ? But the reward of such among you as do that shall be nought else but disgrace in this worldly life, and on the day of the resurrection shall they be driven to the most grievous torment, for God is not unmindful of what ye do.

80 Those who have bought this worldly life with the Future, the torment shall not be lightened from them nor shall they be helped.

  1. Alluding to some quarrels among the Jewish Arabs.