فَلَمۡ يَكُ يَنفَعُهُمۡ إِيمَٰنُهُمۡ لَمَّا رَأَوۡاْ بَأۡسَنَا ۖ سُنَّتَ ٱللَّهِ ٱلَّتِى قَدۡ خَلَتۡ فِى عِبَادِهِۦ ۖ وَخَسِرَ هُنَالِكَ ٱلۡكَٰفِرُونَ
But their professing the Faith when they (actually) saw Our Punishment was not going to profit them. (Such has been) Allah's Way of dealing with His Servants (from the most ancient times). And even thus did the Rejecters of Allah perish (utterly)!<br/>
But their faith was of no benefit to them when they saw Our doom - [This is] God's way (sunnata'Llaahi is in the accusative because it functions as a verbal noun from an implicit verb of the same expression) with the believers, among all communities, which is that faith is of no benefit to them once the chastisement has been sent down, which has its precdent; and it is thence that the disbelievers will be losers - [it is thence that] their status as losers will become apparent to all [of mankind], even though they will have always been losers before that.