أَسۡبَٰبَ ٱلسَّمَٰوَٰتِ فَأَطَّلِعَ إِلَىٰٓ إِلَٰهِ مُوسَىٰ وَإِنِّى لَأَظُنُّهُۥ كَٰذِبًا ۚ وَكَذَٰلِكَ زُيِّنَ لِفِرۡعَوۡنَ سُوٓءُ عَمَلِهِۦ وَصُدَّ عَنِ ٱلسَّبِيلِ ۚ وَمَا كَيۡدُ فِرۡعَوۡنَ إِلَّا فِى تَبَابٍ
"The ways and means of (reaching) the heavens, and that I may mount up to the god of Moses: But as far as I am concerned, I think (Moses) is a liar!" Thus was made alluring, in Pharaoh's eyes, the evil of his deeds, and he was hindered from the Path; and the plot of Pharaoh led to nothing but perdition (for him).<br/>
the routes of the skies - the paths that lead to it, and look upon (read [indicative] fa-attali'u as a supplement to ablughu, 'I may reach'; or read [subjunctive] fa-attali'a, as the response to ibni lee, 'build for me') the God of Moses; for I truly think that he, that is, Moses, is lying', about his having a god other than me - Pharaoh said this in order to disguise [the truth]. And that is how the evil [nature] of his conduct was made to seem fair to Pharaoh, and [that is how] he was barred from the [right] way, the path to guidance (read sadda, '[that is how] he barred [others]', or sudda, '[that is how] he was barred'). And Pharaoh's guile ended only in ruin, loss.