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the chapter of the believer.

And Pharaoh said, ‘ Let me kill Moses ; and then let him call upon his Lord ! verily, I fear that he will change your religion, or that he will cause evil doing to appear in the land.’

And Moses said, ‘ Verily, I take refuge in my Lord and your Lord from every one who is big with pride and believes not on the day of reckoning.’

And a believing man of Pharaoh’s people, who concealed his faith, said, ‘ Will ye kill a man for saying, My Lord is God, when he has come to you with manifest signs from your Lord ? and if he be a liar, against him is his lie; and if he be truthful, there will befall you somewhat of that which he threatens you ; verily, God guides not him who is an extravagant liar. 30 O my people! yours is the kingdom to-day, ye are eminent in the land, but who will help us against the violence of God, if it comes upon us ?’

Said Pharaoh, ‘ I will only show you what I see, and I will only guide you into the way of right direction.’

And he who believed said, ‘ O my people ! verily, I fear for you the like of the day of the confederates, the like of the wont of the people of Noah and ʿAd and Hâmân, and of those after them ; for God desires not injustice for His servants. O my people ! verily, I fear for you the day of crying out, — 35 the day when ye shall turn your backs, fleeing, with no defender for you against God ; for he whom God leads astray, for him there is no guide !

‘ And Joseph came to you before with manifest signs, but ye ceased not to doubt concerning what he brought you, until, when he perished, ye said, “ God will not send after him an apostle ;” thus

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