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156
Ⅶ, 149-156.
the qur′ân.

weakened me and well-nigh killed me; make not then mine enemies glad about me, and put me not with the unjust people.’ 150 He said, ‘ O Lord! pardon me and my brother, and let us enter into Thy mercy; for Thou art the most merciful of the merciful. Verily, these have taken to themselves a calf; there shall reach them wrath from their Lord, and abasement in the life of this world ; for thus do we reward those who forge a lie. But those who have done bad works, and then turn again after them and believe, — verily, thy Lord, after that, is forgiving and merciful.’

And when Moses′ wrath calmed down he took the tables, in the inscription of which was guidance and mercy for those who dread their Lord.

And Moses chose from his people seventy men for our appointment ; and when the earthquake took them he said, ‘ O my Lord ! hadst Thou willed, Thou hadst destroyed them before and me. Wilt Thou destroy us for what the fools amongst us have done ? This is naught but Thy trial, wherewith Thou dost lead astray whom Thou pleasest and guidest whom Thou pleasest ; Thou art our patron ! forgive us and have mercy on us, for Thou art the best of those who do forgive !

155 ‘ And write down for us in this world good, and in the future too; verily, we are guided unto Thee.’ He said, ‘ My punishment — with it I fall on whom I will ; and my mercy embraceth everything ; and I will write it down for those who fear, and who give alms, and those who in our signs believe, — who follow the Apostle — the illiterate prophet[1], whom


  1. Or, the apostle of the Gentiles.