Ayah

Word by Word
وَإِذۡ
And when
أَخَذَ
took
ٱللَّهُ
Allah
مِيثَٰقَ
covenant
ٱلنَّبِيِّۧنَ
(of) the Prophets
لَمَآ
Certainly, whatever
ءَاتَيۡتُكُم
I (have) given you
مِّن
of
كِتَٰبٖ
(the) Book
وَحِكۡمَةٖ
and wisdom
ثُمَّ
then
جَآءَكُمۡ
comes to you
رَسُولٞ
a Messenger
مُّصَدِّقٞ
confirming
لِّمَا
that which
مَعَكُمۡ
(is) with you
لَتُؤۡمِنُنَّ
you must believe
بِهِۦ
in him
وَلَتَنصُرُنَّهُۥۚ
and you must help him
قَالَ
He said
ءَأَقۡرَرۡتُمۡ
Do you affirm
وَأَخَذۡتُمۡ
and take
عَلَىٰ
on
ذَٰلِكُمۡ
that (condition)
إِصۡرِيۖ
My Covenant
قَالُوٓاْ
They said
أَقۡرَرۡنَاۚ
We affirm
قَالَ
He said
فَٱشۡهَدُواْ
Then bear witness
وَأَنَا۠
and I (am)
مَعَكُم
with you
مِّنَ
among
ٱلشَّٰهِدِينَ
the witnesses
وَإِذۡ
And when
أَخَذَ
took
ٱللَّهُ
Allah
مِيثَٰقَ
covenant
ٱلنَّبِيِّۧنَ
(of) the Prophets
لَمَآ
Certainly, whatever
ءَاتَيۡتُكُم
I (have) given you
مِّن
of
كِتَٰبٖ
(the) Book
وَحِكۡمَةٖ
and wisdom
ثُمَّ
then
جَآءَكُمۡ
comes to you
رَسُولٞ
a Messenger
مُّصَدِّقٞ
confirming
لِّمَا
that which
مَعَكُمۡ
(is) with you
لَتُؤۡمِنُنَّ
you must believe
بِهِۦ
in him
وَلَتَنصُرُنَّهُۥۚ
and you must help him
قَالَ
He said
ءَأَقۡرَرۡتُمۡ
Do you affirm
وَأَخَذۡتُمۡ
and take
عَلَىٰ
on
ذَٰلِكُمۡ
that (condition)
إِصۡرِيۖ
My Covenant
قَالُوٓاْ
They said
أَقۡرَرۡنَاۚ
We affirm
قَالَ
He said
فَٱشۡهَدُواْ
Then bear witness
وَأَنَا۠
and I (am)
مَعَكُم
with you
مِّنَ
among
ٱلشَّٰهِدِينَ
the witnesses

Translation

Behold! Allah took the covenant of the prophets, saying: "I give you a Book and Wisdom; then comes to you a messenger, confirming what is with you; do ye believe in him and render him help." Allah said: "Do ye agree, and take this my Covenant as binding on you?" They said: "We agree." He said: "Then bear witness, and I am with you among the witnesses."

Tafsir

And, mention, when God made a covenant with the prophets, 'What (if read lamaa, it would be introducing a subject clause, and emphasising the aspect of the oath in this 'making of the covenant'; if it is read limaa, it would then be connected to the verb akhadha, 'He took'; the maa, 'what', is a relative particle in both cases, meaning la'lladhee [or li'lladhee respectively]) I have given you (aataytukum, or in a variant reading, aataynaakum, 'We have given you') of the Book and wisdom; then there shall come to you a messenger confirming what is with you, of the Book and wisdom, and that is Muhammad may peace and salutation be upon him - you shall believe in him and you shall help him' (this constitutes the response to the oath), if you reach his time and perceive him, and their communities [of descendants] follow them [in what is incumbent upon them]. He, God, exalted be He, said to them, 'Do you affirm, this? And do you take, [do you] accept, My load, My covenant, on you on that condition?' They said, 'We affirm'. He said, 'Then bear witness, to this before your own souls and [those of] your followers, and I shall be with you among the witnesses', before you and them.

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