Ayah

Word by Word
فَمَا
So not
ٱسۡطَٰعُوٓاْ
they were able
أَن
to
يَظۡهَرُوهُ
scale it
وَمَا
and not
ٱسۡتَطَٰعُواْ
they were able
لَهُۥ
in it
نَقۡبٗا
(to do) any penetration
فَمَا
So not
ٱسۡطَٰعُوٓاْ
they were able
أَن
to
يَظۡهَرُوهُ
scale it
وَمَا
and not
ٱسۡتَطَٰعُواْ
they were able
لَهُۥ
in it
نَقۡبٗا
(to do) any penetration

Translation

Thus were they made powerless to scale it or to dig through it.

Tafsir

And so they, Gog and Magog, were not able to scale it, to climb up its length, because of its [great] height and smoothness, nor could they pierce it, because of its firmness and thickness.

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