The God Protocol: Chapter 3

Here I read Chapter Three of my book The God Protocol.

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We sent Nūḥ to his people:
Warn thou thy people before a painful punishment come to them.
He said: O my people: I am a clear warner to you:
Serve God and be in prudent fear of him
And obey me.
He will forgive you some of your transgressions
And delay you to a named term.
The term of God when it comes cannot be delayed
If you but knew.
He said: My lord: I invited my people night and day
But my calling increased them not save in flight.
And whenever I called them that thou shouldst forgive them
They put their fingers in their ears
And covered themselves with their garments
And persisted and were proudly insolent.
Then called I to them openly.
Then I proclaimed to them.
And I spoke secretly to them.
And I said: Seek forgiveness of your lord
He is forgiving
He will send the sky upon you in torrents
And will supply you with wealth and sons
And make for you gardens
And make for you rivers.
What ails you that you look not for majesty in God
When he has created you in stages?
Have you not considered how God created seven heavens in layers
And made the moon a light therein
And made the sun a torch?
And God has caused you to grow as a growth from the earth.
Then he will return you to it
And he will bring you forth anew.
And God made for you the earth an expanse
That you might travel the broad ways thereof.
Nūḥ said: My lord: they have opposed me and followed one whose wealth and children have increased him not save in loss.
And they schemed a mighty scheme
(And they said: You are not to leave your gods.
You are not to leave Wadd
Or Suwāʿ
Or Yaghūth
And Yaʿūq
And Nasr.)
And have led many astray.
And increase thou not the wrongdoers save in error.
Because of their errors they were drowned
And made to enter a fire
And found for them no helpers besides God.
And Nūḥ said: My lord: leave thou not upon the earth an inhabitant among those who spurn guidance while claiming virtue.
If thou leave them they will lead thy servants astray and beget not save as licentious ingrates.
My lord: forgive thou me and my parents
And him who enters my household a believer
And the believing men
And the believing women.
And increase thou not the wrongdoers save in ruin.

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