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Ⅳ, 164-173.
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the chapter of women.

But God bears witness to what He has revealed to thee : He revealed it in His knowledge, and the angels bear witness too ; though God is witness enough.

165 Verily, those who misbelieve and obstruct the way of God, have erred a wide error.

Verily, those who misbelieve and are unjust, God will not pardon them, nor will He guide them on the road — save the road to hell, to dwell therein for aye ; — that is easy enough to God !

O ye folk ! the Apostle has come to you with truth from your Lord : believe then, for it is better for you. But if ye misbelieve, then God′s is what is in the heavens and the earth, and God is knowing, wise.

O ye people of the Book ! do not exceed in your religion, nor say against God aught save the truth. The Messiah, Jesus the son of Mary, is but the apostle of God and His Word, which He cast into Mary and a spirit from Him ; believe then in God and His apostles, and say not ‘ Three.’ Have done ! it were better for you. God is only one God, celebrated be His praise that He should beget a Son! His is what is in the heavens and what is in the earth ; and God sufficeth for a guardian.

170 The Messiah doth surely not disdain to be a servant of God, nor do the angels who are nigh to Him ; and whosoever disdains His service and is too proud, He will gather them altogether to Himself.

But as for those who believe and do what is right, He will pay their hire and will give increase to them of His grace. But as for those who disdain and are too proud, He will punish them with a grievous woe, and they shall not find for them other than God a patron or a help.