Ali Quli Qarai, The Qur’ān with a Phrase-by-Phrase English Translation (2005)

[whose fate] is evident to you from their habitations.
Satan made their deeds seem decorous to them,
thus he barred them from the way [of Allah],
though they used to be perceptive.1

39 And Korah, Pharaoh, and Hāmān.
Certainly Moses brought them manifest proofs,
but they acted arrogantly in the land;
though they could not outmaneuver [Allah].
40 So We seized each [of them] for his sin:
among them were those
upon whom We unleashed a rain of stones,
and among them were those
who were seized by the Cry,
and among them were those
whom We caused the earth to swallow,
and among them were those
whom We drowned.
It was not Allah who wronged them,
but it was they who used to wrong themselves.
41 The parable of those who
take guardians instead of Allah
is that of the spider that takes a home,
and indeed the frailest of homes
is the home of a spider,
had they known!
42 Allah indeed knows
whatever thing they invoke besides Him,

1 That is, they let themselves be deceived by Satan despite their God-given ability to discern between good and evil.

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Ali Quli Qarai, The Qur’ān with a Phrase-by-Phrase English Translation, Islamic College for Advance Studies Press (ICAS), London (Distributed by The Centre for Translation of the Holy Qur’ān, Qom, Iran), Consulted online at “Quran Archive - Texts and Studies on the Quran” on 02 Dec. 2022: http://quran-archive.org/explorer/ali-quli-qarai/2005?page=592