Ayah

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قَالُواْ
They said
لَئِنۡ
If
أَكَلَهُ
eats him
ٱلذِّئۡبُ
the wolf
وَنَحۡنُ
while we
عُصۡبَةٌ
(are) a group
إِنَّآ
indeed we
إِذٗا
then
لَّخَٰسِرُونَ
surely (would be) losers
قَالُواْ
They said
لَئِنۡ
If
أَكَلَهُ
eats him
ٱلذِّئۡبُ
the wolf
وَنَحۡنُ
while we
عُصۡبَةٌ
(are) a group
إِنَّآ
indeed we
إِذٗا
then
لَّخَٰسِرُونَ
surely (would be) losers

Translation

They said: "If the wolf were to devour him while we are (so large) a party, then should we indeed (first) have perished ourselves!"

Tafsir

They said, 'Truly if (la-in: the laam here is for oaths) the wolf were to devour him, when we are [so hardy] a band, a group, then we indeed are losers!', incapable [of anything]. Thus, he sent him off with them.

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