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Ⅱ, 81-88.
the qurʼân.

We gave Moses the Book and we followed him up with other apostles, and we gave Jesus the son of Mary manifest signs and aided him with the Holy Spirit. Do ye then, every time an apostle comes to you with what your souls love not, proudly scorn him, and charge a part with lying and slay a part ?

They say, ‘ Our hearts are uncircumcised ;’ nay, God has cursed them in their unbelief, and few it is who do believe. And when a book came down from God confirming what they had with them, though they had before prayed for victory over those who misbelieve, yet when that came to them[1] which they knew, then they disbelieved it, — God’s curse be on the misbelievers.

For a bad bargain have they sold their souls, not to believe in what God has revealed, grudging because God sends down of His grace on whomsoever of His servants He will; and they have brought on themselves wrath after wrath and for the misbelievers is there shameful woe.

85 And when they are told to believe in what God has revealed, they say, ‘ We believe in what has been revealed to us ;’ but they disbelieve in all beside, although it is the truth confirming what they have. Say, ‘ Wherefore did ye kill God’s prophets of yore if ye were true believers ?’

Moses came to you with manifest signs, then ye took up with the calf when he had gone and did so wrong. And when we took a covenant with you and raised the mountain over you, ‘ Take what we have given you with resolution and hear ;’

  1. The Qurʼân.