ALL THAT IS in the heavens and on earth extols God's limitless glory: for He alone is almighty, truly wise!
His is the dominion over the heavens and the earth; He grants life and deals death; and He has the power to will anything.
He is the First and the Last, 1 and the Outward as well as the Inward: 2 and He has full knowledge of everything.
He it is who has created the heavens and the earth in six aeons, and is established on the throne of His almightiness. 3 He knows all that enters the earth, and all that comes out of it, as well as all that descends from the skies, and all that ascends to them. 4 And He is with you wherever you may be; and God sees all that you do.
His is the dominion over the heavens and the earth; and all things go back unto God [as their source].
He makes the night grow longer by shortening the day, and makes the day grow longer by shortening the night; and He has full knowledge of what is in the hearts [of men].
BELIEVE in God and His Apostle, and spend on others out of that of which He has made you trustees: 5 for, those of you who have attained to faith and who spend freely [in God's cause] shall have a great reward.
And why should you not believe in God, seeing that the Apostle calls you to believe in [Him who is] your Sustainer, and [seeing that] He has taken a pledge from you? 6 [Why should you not believe in Him] if you are able to believe [in anything]? 7
It is He who bestows from on high clear messages unto [this] His servant, to lead you out of the deep darkness into the light: for, behold, God is most compassionate towards you, a dispenser of grace.
And why should you not spend freely in the cause of God, seeing that God's [alone] is the heritage of the heavens and the earth? 8 Not equal are those of you who spent and fought [in God's cause] before the Victory 9 [and those who did not do so]: they are of a higher rank than those who would spend and fight [only] after it - although God has promised the ultimate good to all [who strive in His cause]. 10 And God is aware of all that you do.
WHO IS IT that will offer up unto God a goodly loan, which He will amply repay? 11 For, such [as do so] shall have a noble reward
on the Day when thou shalt see all believing men and believing women, with their light spreading rapidly before them and on their right, 12 [and with this welcome awaiting them:] "A glad tiding for you today gardens through which running waters flow, therein to abide! This, this is the triumph supreme!"
On that Day shall the hypocrites, both men and women, 13 speak [thus] unto those who have attained to faith: "Wait for us! Let us have a [ray of] light from your light!" [But] they will be told: "Turn back, and seek a light [of your own]!" 14 And thereupon a wall will be raised between them [and the believers], with a gate in it: within it will be grace and mercy, and against the outside thereof, suffering. 15
They [who will remain without] will call out to those [within], "Were we not with you? - [to which]; the others will answer: "So it was! But you allowed yourselves to succumb to temptation, 16 and you were hesitant [in your faith 17 ], and you were doubtful [of resurrection]; and your wishful thinking beguiled you until God's command came to pass: 18 for, [indeed, your own] deceptive thoughts about God deluded you! 19
"And so, no ransom 20 shall be accepted today from you, and neither from those who were [openly] bent on denying the truth. Your goal is the fire: it is your [only] refuge 21 - and how evil a journey's end!"
IS IT NOT time that the hearts of all who have attained to faith should feel humble at the remembrance of God and of all the truth that has been bestowed [on them] from on high, 22 lest they become like those who were granted revelation aforetime, 23 and whose hearts have hardened with the passing of time so that many of them are [now] depraved? 24
[But] know that God gives life to the earth after it has been lifeless! 25 We have indeed made Our messages clear unto you, so that you might use your reason.
Verily, as for the men and women who accept the truth as true, 26 and who [thus] offer up unto God a goodly loan, they will be amply repaid, 27 and shall have a noble reward [in the life to come].
For, they who have attained to faith in God and His Apostle - it is they, they who uphold the truth, and they who bear witness [thereto] before God: 28 [and so] they shall have their reward and their light! But as for those who are bent on denying the truth and on giving the lie to Our messages - it is they who are destined for the blazing fire!
KNOW [O men] that the life of this world is but a play and a passing delight, and a beautiful show, and [the cause of] your boastful vying with one another, and [of your] greed for more and more riches and children. 29 Its parable is that of 30 [life-giving] rain: the herbage which it causes to grow delights the tillers of the soil; 31 but then it withers, and thou canst see it turn yellow; and in the end it crumbles into dust. But [the abiding truth of man's condition will become fully apparent] in the life to come: [either] suffering severe, or 32 God's forgiveness and His goodly acceptance: for the life of this world is nothing but an enjoyment of self-delusion.
[Hence,] vie with one another in seeking to attain to your Sustainer's forgiveness, 33 and [thus] to a paradise as vast as the heavens and the earth, which has been readied for those who have attained to faith in God and His Apostle: 34 such is the bounty of God which He grants unto whomever He wills - for God is limitless in His great bounty.
NO CALAMITY can ever befall the earth, and neither your own selves, 35 unless it be [laid down] in Our decree before We bring it into being: verily, all this, 36 is easy for God.
[Know this,] so that you may not despair over whatever [good] has escaped you nor exult [unduly] over whatever [good] has come to you: 37 for, God does not love any of those who, out of self-conceit, act in a boastful manner 38 -
those who are niggardly [with God's bounty] and bid others to be niggardly! 39 And he who turns his back [on this truth 40 ought to know that], verily, God alone is self-sufficient, the One to whom all praise is due!
Indeed, [even aforetime] did We send forth Our apostles with all evidence of [this] truth; and through them 41 We bestowed revelation from on high, and [thus gave you] a balance [wherewith to weigh right and wrong], so that men might behave with equity; and We bestowed [upon you] from on high [the ability to make use of] iron, in which there is awesome power as well as [a source of] benefits for man: 42 and [all this was given to you] so that God might mark out those who would stand up for him and His Apostle, 43 even though He [Himself] is beyond the reach of human perception. 44 Verily, God is powerful, almighty!
And, indeed, [to the same end 45 ] We sent forth Noah and Abraham [as Our message-bearers], and established prophethood and revelation among their descendants; and some of them were on the right way, but many were iniquitous.
And thereupon We caused [other of] Our apostles to follow in their footsteps; and [in the course of time] We caused them to be followed by Jesus, the son of Mary, upon whom We bestowed the Gospel; 46 and in the hearts of those who [truly] followed him We engendered compassion and mercy. But as for monastic asceticism 47 - We did not enjoin it upon them: they invented it themselves out of a desire for God's goodly acceptance. 48 But then, they did not [always] observe it as it ought to have been observed: 49 and so We granted their recompense unto such of them as had [truly] attained to faith, whereas many of them became iniquitous. 50
O YOU who have attained to faith! 51 Remain conscious of God, and believe in His Apostle, [and] He will grant you doubly of His grace, and will light for you a light wherein you shall walk, and will forgive you [your past sins]: for God is much-forgiving, a dispenser of grace.
And the followers of earlier revelation should know 52 that they have no power whatever over any of God's bounty, 53 seeing that all bounty is in God's hand [alone]: He grants it unto whomever He wills for God is limitless in His great bounty.