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the chapter of the bee.

fest signs and with scriptures ; and we have sent down the Reminder to thee too, that thou mayest explain to men what has been sent down to them, and haply they may reflect.

Are those who were so crafty in evil sure that God will not cleave open the earth with them, or bring them torment from whence they cannot per- ceive, or seize them in their going to and fro ? for they cannot make Him helpless.

Or that He should seize them with a gradual destruction ? for, verily, your Lord is kind, merciful.

50 Do they not regard whatever thing God has created ; its shadow falls on the right or the left, adoring God and shrinking up ?

Whatever is in the heavens and in the earth, beast or angel, adores God ; nor are they big with pride!

They fear their Lord above them, and they do what they are bidden.

And God says, ‘ Take not to two gods ; God is only one ; me then do ye fear !’

His is what is in the heavens and in the earth ; to Him is obedience due unceasingly ; other than God then will ye fear ?

55 And whatever favours ye have, they are from God ; then, whenever distress touches you, unto Him ye turn for succour. Yet, when He removes the distress from you, lo ! a party of you join partners with their Lord.

That they may disbelieve in what we have brought them and may enjoy, — but at length they shall know!

And they set aside for what they know not a