Ayah

Word by Word
أَمۡ
Or
لَهُمۡ
for them
سُلَّمٞ
(is) a stairway
يَسۡتَمِعُونَ
they listen
فِيهِۖ
therewith
فَلۡيَأۡتِ
Then let bring
مُسۡتَمِعُهُم
their listener
بِسُلۡطَٰنٖ
an authority
مُّبِينٍ
clear
أَمۡ
Or
لَهُمۡ
for them
سُلَّمٞ
(is) a stairway
يَسۡتَمِعُونَ
they listen
فِيهِۖ
therewith
فَلۡيَأۡتِ
Then let bring
مُسۡتَمِعُهُم
their listener
بِسُلۡطَٰنٖ
an authority
مُّبِينٍ
clear

Translation

Or have they a ladder, by which they can (climb up to heaven and) listen (to its secrets)? Then let (such a) listener of theirs produce a manifest proof.

Tafsir

Or do they have a ladder, a means of ascension into the sky, whereby they eavesdrop?, that is, at the top of which [they listen in], on the conversations of the angels, so that they are then able to dispute with the Prophet, as they claim. If that is what they assert: Then let their eavesdropper, [let] the one claiming to be able to listen [in on their conversations] on top of this [ladder], produce a manifest warrant, a plain and evident proof. Now, on account of the similarity of this assertion to their assertion that the angels are the daughters of God, He, exalted be He, says:

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