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ⅬⅩⅩ, 4-35.
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the chapter of the ascents.

and the Spirit unto Him in a day whose length is fifty thousand years[1].

5 Wherefore be patient with fair patience; verily, they see it as afar off, but we see it nigh !

The day when the heaven shall be as molten brass, and the mountains shall be like flocks of wool ; 10 when no warm friend shall question friend ; they shall gaze on each other, and the sinner would fain give as a ransom from the torment of that day his sons and his mate, and his brother and his kin who stand by him, and all who are in the earth, that yet it might rescue him !

15 Nay, verily, it is a flame, — dragging by the scalp ! it shall call those who retreated and turned their backs and who amassed and hoarded !

Verily, man is by nature rash[2]! 20 when evil touches him, very impatient ; when good touches him, niggardly; all save those who pray, who remain at their prayers, and in whose wealth is a reasonable due (set aside) 25 for him who asks and him who is kept from asking, and those who believe in a day of judgment, and those who shrink in terror from the torment of their Lord ; — verily, the torment of their Lord is not safe; — and those who guard their private parts, 30 except for their wives or the (slave girls) whom their right hands possess, for they are not to be blamed ; but whoso craves beyond this, they are the transgressors ; and those who observe their trusts and their compacts, and those who are upright in their testimonies, and those who keep their prayers, 35 these shall dwell in gardens honoured.