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Ⅶ, 134-141.
the qur′ân.

we passed across the sea ; and they came unto a people devoted to their idols, and said, ‘ O Moses ! make for us a god as they have gods.’ Said he, ‘ Verily, ye are ignorant people.’ 135 Verily, these — destroyed shall be that which they are given to ; and vain is that which they have done.

He said, ‘ Other than God then do ye crave for a god, when He has preferred you above the worlds ?’

And when we saved you from Pharaoh′s people who wrought you evil woe, killing your sons, and letting your women live ; and in that was a mighty trial from your Lord.

And we appointed for Moses thirty nights, and completed them with ten (more), so that the time appointed by his Lord was completed to forty nights. And Moses said unto his brother Aaron, ‘ Be thou my vicegerent amongst my people, and do what is right, and follow not the path of the evildoers.’

And when Moses came to our appointment, and his Lord spake unto him, he said, ‘ O my Lord ! show me, — that I may look on thee !’ He said, ‘ Thou canst not see me ; but look upon the mountain, and if it remain steady in its place, thou shalt see me ;’ but when his Lord appeared unto the mountain He made it dust, and Moses fell down in a swoon !

140 And when he came to himself, he said, ‘ Celebrated be thy praise ! I turn repentant unto Thee, and I am the first of those who are resigned.’

He said, ‘0 Moses! verily, I have chosen thee over the people with my messages and my words, take then what I have brought thee, and be of those

    but is here applied to any structures, especially the massive temples and other piles of Egyptian buildings.