Ayah

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ثُمَّ
Then
لَمۡ
not
تَكُن
will be
فِتۡنَتُهُمۡ
(for) them a plea
إِلَّآ
except
أَن
that
قَالُواْ
they say
وَٱللَّهِ
By Allah
رَبِّنَا
our Lord
مَا
not
كُنَّا
we were
مُشۡرِكِينَ
those who associated others (with Allah)
ثُمَّ
Then
لَمۡ
not
تَكُن
will be
فِتۡنَتُهُمۡ
(for) them a plea
إِلَّآ
except
أَن
that
قَالُواْ
they say
وَٱللَّهِ
By Allah
رَبِّنَا
our Lord
مَا
not
كُنَّا
we were
مُشۡرِكِينَ
those who associated others (with Allah)

Translation

There will then be (left) no subterfuge for them but to say: "By Allah our Lord, we were not those who joined gods with Allah."

Tafsir

Then their dissension (read accusative fitnatahum or nominative fitnatuhum) their apology, was (read lam takun or lam yakun) only to say, in other words, [was only] their saying, 'By God, our Lord (read rabbinaa as an adjective of [wa'Llaahi, 'by God'], or rabbanaa as a vocative) we were never idolaters'.

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