Ayah

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إِنَّ
Indeed
ٱلَّذِينَ
those who
يَكۡفُرُونَ
disbelieve
بِـَٔايَٰتِ
in (the) Signs (of)
ٱللَّهِ
Allah
وَيَقۡتُلُونَ
and they kill
ٱلنَّبِيِّـۧنَ
the Prophets
بِغَيۡرِ
without
حَقّٖ
right
وَيَقۡتُلُونَ
and they kill
ٱلَّذِينَ
those who
يَأۡمُرُونَ
order
بِٱلۡقِسۡطِ
[with] justice
مِنَ
among
ٱلنَّاسِ
the people
فَبَشِّرۡهُم
then give them tidings
بِعَذَابٍ
of a punishment
أَلِيمٍ
painful
إِنَّ
Indeed
ٱلَّذِينَ
those who
يَكۡفُرُونَ
disbelieve
بِـَٔايَٰتِ
in (the) Signs (of)
ٱللَّهِ
Allah
وَيَقۡتُلُونَ
and they kill
ٱلنَّبِيِّـۧنَ
the Prophets
بِغَيۡرِ
without
حَقّٖ
right
وَيَقۡتُلُونَ
and they kill
ٱلَّذِينَ
those who
يَأۡمُرُونَ
order
بِٱلۡقِسۡطِ
[with] justice
مِنَ
among
ٱلنَّاسِ
the people
فَبَشِّرۡهُم
then give them tidings
بِعَذَابٍ
of a punishment
أَلِيمٍ
painful

Translation

As to those who deny the Signs of Allah and in defiance of right, slay the prophets, and slay those who teach just dealing with mankind, announce to them a grievous penalty.

Tafsir

Those who disbelieve in the signs of God and slay (yaqtuloona, is also read as yuqaatiloona, 'they fight against') the prophets without right, and slay those who enjoin to equity, to justice, and these are the Jews, who are reported to have killed forty-three prophets and to have been forbidden this by a hundred and seventy devout worshippers among them, each of whom was killed immediately. So give them good tidings, let them know, of a painful chastisement. The use of 'good tidings' here is meant as a sarcastic ridicule of them (the faa' [of fa-bashshirhum, so give them good tidings] is considered part of the predicate of inna because its noun, that is, its relative clause, resembles a conditional [sc. in yakfuroona, 'if they disbelieve.', fabashshirhum, 'then, give them good tidings.']).

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