Surah 5. The Table, The Table Spread
5:1. O ye who believe! Fulfill (all) obligations (especially The Covenant).
5:2. Lawful unto you (for food) are all four-footed animals, with the exceptions named: but animals of the chase are forbidden while ye are in the Holy Precincts or in pilgrim garb: for "I AM" doth command according to His Will and Plan.
5:3. O ye who believe! Violate not the sanctity of the Symbols of "I AM", nor of the Holy Month, nor of the animals brought for sacrifice, nor the garlands that mark out such animals, nor the people resorting to the Holy House, seeking of the bounty and good pleasure of their Lord. But when ye are clear of the Holy Precincts and of pilgrim garb, ye may hunt and let not the hatred of some people in (once) shutting you out of the Holy Place lead you to transgression (and hostility on your part). Help ye one another in righteousness and piety, but help ye not one another in sin and rancour: fear "I AM": for "I AM" is strict in punishment.
5:4. Forbidden to you (for food) are: dead meat, blood, the flesh of swine, and that on which hath been invoked the name of other than "I AM"; that which hath been killed by strangling, or by a violent blow, or by a headlong fall, or by being gored to death; that which hath been (partly) eaten by a wild animal; unless ye are able to slaughter it (in due form) that which is sacrificed on stone (altars); (forbidden) also is the division (of meat) by raffling with arrows: that is impiety. This day have those who reject Faith given up all hope of your religion: yet fear them not, but fear Me. This day have I perfected your religion for you, completed My favour upon you, and have chosen for you, submission to My Will, as your religion. But if any is forced by hunger, with no inclination to transgression, "I AM" is indeed Oft-Forgiving, Most Merciful.
5:5. They ask thee what is Lawful to them (as food). Say: "Lawful unto you are (all) things good and pure: and what ye have taught your trained hunting animals (to catch) in the manner directed to you by "I AM": eat what they catch for you, but pronounce the name of "I AM" over it: and fear "I AM"; for "I AM" is swift in taking account."
5:6. This day are (all) things good and pure made Lawful unto you. The food of the People of The Book is Lawful unto you and yours is Lawful unto them. (Lawful unto you in marriage) are (not only) chaste women who are believers, but chaste women among the People of The Book (Bible), revealed before your time,- when ye give them their due dowers, and desire chastity, not lewdness, nor secret intrigues. If any one rejects Faith (total trust in God), fruitless is his work, and in the Hereafter he will be in the ranks of those who have lost (all spiritual good).
5:7. O ye who believe! When ye prepare for prayer, wash your faces, and your hands (and arms) to the elbows; rub your heads (with water); and (wash) your feet to the ankles. If ye are in a state of ceremonial impurity, bathe your whole body. But if ye are ill, or on a journey, or one of you cometh from offices of nature, or ye have been in contact with women, and ye find no water, then take for yourselves clean sand or earth, and rub therewith your faces and hands, "I AM" doth not wish to place you in a difficulty, but to make you clean, and to complete His favour to you, that ye may be grateful.
5:8. And (always) remember the favour of "I AM" unto you, and His Covenant (in the Bible), which He ratified (confirmed) with YOU, when YE said: "We hear and we obey": and fear "I AM", for "I AM" knoweth well the secrets of your hearts.
5:9. O ye who believe! Stand out FIRMLY for "I AM", as witnesses to FAIR DEALING, and let not the hatred of others to you make you swerve to wrong and depart from JUSTICE. Be JUST: that is close to Piety: and fear "I AM". For "I AM" is well-acquainted with all that ye do.
5:10. To those who believe and do deeds of righteousness hath "I AM" promised forgiveness and a great reward.
5:11. Those who reject Faith and deny Our Signs will be Companions of Hell-fire.
5:12. O ye who believe! Remember the favour of "I AM" unto you when certain men formed the plan to stretch out their hands against you, but ("I AM") held back their hands from you: so fear "I AM". And on "I AM" let believers put (ALL) their trust (Faith).
5:13. "I AM" did aforetime make The Covenant with the Children of Jacob-Israel, and We appointed twelve captains among them (his twelve sons). And "I AM" said: "I am with you: only if ye establish constant prayer; practise regular charity; believe My Apostles; honour and assist them; and loan to "I AM" a beautiful loan; then verily I will wipe out from you your evils, and admit you to Gardens with rivers flowing beneath; but if any of you, after this, resisteth faith, he hath truly wandered from The Way of Rectitude."
5:14. But because of their breach of their Covenant, We cursed them (Deut. 28:15-68), and made their hearts grow hard: they change the words from their (right) places and forget the best part of the Message that was sent them, nor wilt thou cease to find them- barring a few - ever bent on (new) deceits: but forgive them, and overlook (their misdeeds): for "I AM" loveth those who are kind.
5:15. From those, too, who call themselves Christians, We did take a Covenant, but they forgot the best part of the Message that was sent them: so We estranged them, with enmity and hatred between the one and the other, to The Day of Judgment. And soon "I AM" will show them what it is they have done.
5:16. O People of The Book! There hath come to you our Messenger, revealing to you much that ye used to hide in The Book (Bible), and passing over much (that is now unnecessary - the ceremonial rituals and sacrifices that were only a school-teacher to bring men to Christ - Gal. 3:24-25):
5:17. There hath come to you from "I AM" a (new) Light and an understandable Book,-
5:18. Wherewith "I AM" guideth all who seek His good pleasure to The Way of Peace and Safety, and leadeth them out of darkness, by His Will, unto the Light,- guideth them to The Way that is Straight (and Strait).
5:19. In blasphemy indeed are those that say that "I AM" is Jesus the son of Mary. Say: "Who then hath the least power against "I AM", if His Will were to destroy Jesus the son of Mary, his mother, and all - every one that is on the Earth? For to God belongeth the Dominion of the heavens and the Earth, and all that is between. He createth what He pleaseth. For God hath power over all things."
5:20. (Both) the Jews and the Christians say: "We are sons of "I AM", and His beloved." Say: "Why then doth He punish you for your sins? Nay, ye are only men,- of the men he hath created: He forgiveth whom He pleaseth, and He punisheth whom He pleaseth: and to God belongeth the Dominion of the heavens and the Earth, and all that is between: and unto Him is the final goal (of all)"
5:21. O People of The Book! Now hath come unto you, making (things) clear unto you, Our Messenger, after the break in (the series of) Our Apostles, lest ye should say: "There came unto us no bringer of glad tidings and no Warner (from evil)": but now hath come unto you a bringer of glad tidings and a Warner (from evil). And "I AM" hath power over all things.
5:22. Remember Moses said to his people: "O my People! Call in remembrance the favour of "I AM" unto you, when He produced Prophets among you, made you kings, and gave you what He had not given to any other among the Peoples (The Covenant).
5:23. O my People! Enter the holy land which "I AM" hath assigned unto you, and turn not back disgracefully, for then will ye be overthrown, to your own ruin."
5:24. They said: "O Moses! In this land are a people of exceeding strength: never shall we enter it until they leave it: if (once) they leave, then shall we enter."
5:25. (But) among (their) "I AM"-fearing men were two on whom "I AM" had bestowed His grace: they said: "Assault them at the (proper) Gate: when once ye are in, victory will be yours;
5:26. But on "I AM" put your trust if ye have Faith."
5:27. They said: "O Moses! While they remain there, never shall we be able to enter, to the end of time. Go thou, and thy Lord, and fight ye two, while we sit here (and watch)."
5:28. He said: "O my Lord! I have power only over myself and my brother: so separate us from this rebellious people!"
5:29. "I AM" said: "Therefore will the land be out of their reach for forty years: in confusion will they wander through the land: but sorrow thou not over these rebellious people."
5:30. Recite to them the truth of the story of the two sons of Adam. Behold! They each presented a sacrifice (to "I AM"): it was accepted from one, but not from the other. Said the latter: "Be sure I will slay thee." "Surely," said the former, "("I AM") doth accept the sacrifice of those who obey Him.
5:31. If thou dost stretch thy hand against me, to slay me, it is not for me to stretch my hand against thee to slay thee: for I do fear "I AM", The Cherisher of the Worlds.
5:32. For me, I intend to let thee draw on thyself my sin as well as thine, for thou wilt be among the Companions of The Fire, and that is the reward of those who do wrong."
5:33. The (selfish) soul of the other led him to the murder of his brother: he murdered him, and became (himself) one of the lost ones.
5:34. Then "I AM" sent a raven, who scratched the ground, to show him how to hide the shame of his brother. "Woe is me!" said he; "Was I not even able to be as this raven, and to hide the shame of my brother?" Then he became full of regrets-
5:35. On that account: We ordained for the Children of Israel that if any one slew a person - unless it be for murder or for spreading mischief in the land - it would be as if he slew the whole people: and if any one saved a life, it would be as if he saved the life of the whole people. Then although there came to them Our Apostles with Clear Signs, yet, even after that, many of them continued to commit excesses in the land.
5:36. The punishment of those who wage war against "I AM" and His Messenger, and strive with might and main for mischief through the land is: execution, or crucifixion, or the cutting off of hands and feet from opposite sides, or exile from the land: that is their disgrace in this world, and a heavy punishment is theirs in the Hereafter;
5:37. Except for those who repent before they fall into your power: in that case, know that "I AM" is Oft-Forgiving, Most Merciful.
5:38. O ye who believe! Do your duty to "I AM", seek the means of approach unto Him, and strive with might and main in His Cause: that ye may prosper.
5:39. As to those who reject Faith,- if they had everything on Earth, and twice repeated, to give as ransom for The Penalty of The Day of Judgment, it would never be accepted from them (Matt. 16:26). Theirs would be a grievous Penalty.
5:40. Their wish will be to get out of The Fire, but never will they get out therefrom: their Penalty will be one that endures.
5:41. As to the thief, male or female, cut off his or her hands: a punishment by way of example, from "I AM", for their crime: and "I AM" is Exalted in Power.
5:42. But if the thief repents after his crime, and amends his conduct, "I AM" turneth to him in forgiveness; for "I AM" is Oft-Forgiving, Most Merciful.
5:43. Knowest thou not that to "I AM" (alone) belongeth the Dominion of the heavens and the Earth? He punisheth whom He pleaseth, and He forgiveth whom He pleaseth: and "I AM" hath power over all things.
5:44. O Messenger! Let not those grieve thee, who race each other into Unbelief: (whether it be) among those who say "We believe" with their lips but whose hearts have no faith (Isa. 29:13; Matt. 15:7-9); or it be among the Jews,- men who will listen to any lie,- will listen even to others who have never so much as come to thee. They change the words from their (right) times and places: they say, "If ye are given this, take it, but if not, beware!" If any one's trial is intended by "I AM", thou hast no authority in the least for him against "I AM". For such - it is not "I AM"'s Will to purify their hearts. For them there is disgrace in this world, and in the Hereafter a heavy punishment.
5:45. (They are fond of) listening to falsehood, of devouring anything forbidden. If they do come to thee, either judge between them, or decline to interfere. If thou decline, they cannot hurt thee in the least. If thou judge, judge in equity between them. For "I AM" loveth those who judge in equity.
5:46. But why do they come to thee for decision, when they have (their own) Law (The Torah) before them?- therein is the (plain) command of "I AM"; yet even after that, they would turn away. For they are not (really) People of Faith.
5:47. It was We Who revealed The Law (to Moses): therein is Guidance and Light. By its Standard (Criterion) have been judged the Jews, by the Prophets who bowed to "I AM"'s Will; the Rabbis and the Doctors of Law: for to them was entrusted the protection of "I AM"'s Book, and they were witnesses thereto: therefore fear not men, but fear Me, and sell not My Signs for a miserable price. If any do fail to judge by (the Light of) what "I AM" hath revealed, they are (no better than) Unbelievers.
5:48. We ordained therein for them: "Life for life, eye for eye, nose for nose, ear for ear, tooth for tooth, and wounds equal for equal." But if any one remits the retaliation by way of charity, it is an act of atonement for himself (Matt. 5:44). And if any fail to judge by (the Light of) what "I AM" hath revealed, they are (no better than) wrong-doers (and are the accomplices of the wrong-doers and equally guilty) (Deut. 17:10-12).
5:49. And in their footsteps We sent Jesus the son of Mary, confirming The Law (The Torah) that had come before him: We sent him The Gospel: therein is Guidance and Light, and confirmation of The Law that had come before him (Matt. 5:17-20): a Guidance and a Warning to those who fear "I AM".
5:50. Let the People of The Gospel judge by what "I AM" hath revealed therein. If any do fail to judge by (the Light of) what "I AM" hath revealed, they are (no better than) those who rebel (and are equally guilty (Deut. 17:10-12)).
5:51. To thee We sent the Scripture in truth, confirming the Scripture that came before it, and guarding it in safety (Surah 32:23): so judge between them by what "I AM" hath revealed, and follow not their vain desires, diverging from the Truth that hath come to thee. To each among you have We prescribed The Law and The Open Way. If "I AM" had so willed, He would have made you a single people, but (His Plan is) to test you in what He hath given you: so strive as in a race in all virtues. The goal of you all is to "I AM"; it is He that will show you the truth of the matters about which ye dispute;
5:52. And this (He commands): Judge thou between them by what "I AM" hath revealed, and follow not their vain desires, but beware of them lest they beguile thee away from any of that (teaching) which "I AM" hath sent down to thee. And if they turn away, be assured that for some of their crimes it is "I AM"'s purpose to punish them. And truly MOST men are rebellious.
5:53. Do they then seek after a judgment from (the Days of) Ignorance? But who, for a people who have certain Faith, can give better Judgment than "I AM"? (No one).
5:54. O ye who believe! Take not the Jews and the Christians for your friends and protectors: they are only friends and protectors to each other. And he amongst you that turns to them (for friendship) is of them. Verily "I AM" guideth not a people unjust.
5:55. Those in whose hearts is a disease - thou seest how eagerly they run about amongst them, saying: "We do fear lest a change of fortune bring us disaster." Ah! Perhaps "I AM" will give (thee) victory, or a decision according to His Will. Then will they repent of the thoughts which they secretly harboured in their hearts.
5:56. And those who believe will say: "Are these the men who swore their strongest oaths by "I AM", that they were with you?" All that they do will be in vain, and they will fall into (nothing but) ruin.
5:57. O ye who believe! If any from among you turn back from his Faith, soon will "I AM" produce a people whom He will love as they will love Him,- lowly with the Believers, mighty against the Rejecters, fighting in The Way of "I AM", and never afraid of the reproaches of such as find fault. That is the Grace of "I AM", which He will bestow on whom He pleaseth. And "I AM" encompasseth all, and He knoweth all things.
5:58. Your (real) friends are (no less than) "I AM", His Messenger, and the (Fellowship of) Believers,- those who establish constant prayer and regular charity, and they bow down humbly (in worship).
5:59. As to those who turn (for friendship) to "I AM", His Messenger, and the (Fellowship of) Believers,- it is the Fellowship of "I AM" that must certainly triumph.
5:60. O ye who believe! Take not for friends and protectors those who take your religion for a mockery or sport,- whether among those who received the Scripture before you, or among those who reject Faith; but fear ye "I AM", if ye have Faith (indeed).
5:61. When ye proclaim your call to prayer, they take it (only) as mockery and sport; that is because they are a people without Understanding.
5:62. Say: "O People of The Book! Do ye disapprove of us for no other reason than that we believe in "I AM", and the revelation that hath come to us and that which came before, and (perhaps) that most of you are rebellious and disobedient?"
5:63. Say: "Shall I point out to you something much worse than this, (as judged) by the treatment it received from "I AM"? Those who incurred the curse of "I AM" and His wrath, those of whom some He transformed into apes and swine, those who worshipped Evil;- these are (many times) worse in rank, and far more astray from The Equal Way!"
5:64. When they come to thee, they say: "We believe": but in fact they enter with a mind against Faith, and they go out with the same. But "I AM" knoweth fully all that they hide.
5:65. Many of them dost thou see, racing each other in sin and rancour, and their eating of things forbidden. Evil indeed are the things that they do.
5:66. Why do not the Rabbis (priests) and the Doctors of Law (lawyers) forbid them from their (habit of) uttering sinful words and eating things forbidden? Evil indeed are their (priests' and lawyers') works.
5:67. The Jews say: "("I AM")'s hand is tied up." Be THEIR hands tied up and be they accursed for the (blasphemy) they utter. Nay, both His hands are widely outstretched: He giveth and spendeth (of His bounty) as He pleaseth. But the revelation that cometh to thee from "I AM" increaseth in most of them their obstinate rebellion and blasphemy. Amongst them We have placed enmity and hatred till The Day of Judgment. Every time they kindle the fire of war, "I AM" doth extinguish it; but they (ever) strive to do mischief on Earth. And "I AM" loveth not those who do mischief.
5:68. If only the People of The Book had believed and been righteous, We should indeed have blotted out their iniquities and admitted them to Gardens of Bliss.
5:69. If only they had stood fast by The Law (The Torah), The Gospel, and all the revelation that was sent to them from their Lord, they would have enjoyed happiness from every side. There is from among them a party on the right course: but many of them follow a course that is evil.
5:70. O Messenger! Proclaim the (Message) which hath been sent to thee from thy Lord. If thou didst not, thou wouldst not have fulfilled and proclaimed His Mission. And "I AM" will defend thee from men (who mean mischief). For "I AM" guideth not those who reject Faith.
5:71. Say: "O People of The Book! Ye have no ground to stand upon unless ye stand fast by The Law, The Gospel, and all the revelation that has come to you from your Lord." It is the revelation that cometh to thee from thy Lord, that increaseth in most of them their obstinate rebellion and blasphemy. But sorrow thou not over (these) people without Faith.
5:72. Those who believe (the Koran), those who follow the Jewish (Scriptures), and the Sabians and the Christians,- any who believe "I AM" and in The Last Day, and work righteousness,- on them shall be no fear, nor shall they grieve.
5:73. We took The Covenant of the Children of Israel and sent them Apostles, every time, there came to them an Apostle with what they themselves desired not - some (of these) they called impostors, and some they (go so far as to) slay.
5:74. They thought there would be no trial (or punishment); so they became blind and deaf; yet "I AM" (in mercy) turned to them; yet again many of them became "blind" and "deaf" (Enoch 88:67). But "I AM" sees well all that they do.
5:75. They do blaspheme who say: "("I AM") is Jesus the son of Mary." But said Christ: "O Children of Israel! Worship God, my Lord and your Lord." Whoever joins other gods with God,- "I AM" will forbid him The Garden, and The Fire will be his abode. There will for the wrong-doers be no one to help.
5:76. They do blaspheme who say: "("I AM") is one of three in a Trinity": for there is no god except One God. If they desist not from their word (of blasphemy), verily a grievous Penalty will befall the blasphemers among them.
5:77. Why turn they not to "I AM", and seek His forgiveness? For "I AM" is Oft-Forgiving, Most Merciful.
5:78. Jesus the son of Mary was no more than an Apostle; many were the Apostles that passed away before him. His mother was a woman of truth. They had both to eat their (daily) food. See how "I AM" doth make His Signs clear to them; yet see in what ways they are deluded away from the truth!
5:79. Say: "Will ye worship, besides "I AM", something which hath no power either to harm or benefit you? But "I AM",- He it is that heareth and knoweth all things."
5:80. Say: "O People of The Book! Exceed not in your religion the bounds (of what is proper), trespassing beyond the truth, nor follow the vain desires of people who went wrong in times gone by,- who misled many, and strayed (themselves) from The Equal Way.
5:81. Curses were pronounced on those among the Children of Jacob-Israel who rejected Faith, by the tongues of David and of Jesus the son of Mary: because they disobeyed and persisted in Excesses.
5:82. Nor did they (usually) forbid one another the inequities which they committed: evil indeed were the deeds which they did.
5:83. Thou seest many of them turning in friendship to the Unbelievers. Evil indeed are (the works) which their souls have sent forward before them (with the result), that "I AM"'s wrath is on them, and in torment will they abide.
5:84. If only they had believed "I AM"; the Messenger; and what hath been revealed to him, never would they have taken them for friends and protectors, but most of them are rebellious wrong-doers.
5:85. Strongest among men in enmity to the Believers wilt thou find the Jews and Pagans; and nearest among them in love to the Believers wilt thou find those who say, "We are Christians": because amongst these are men devoted to learning and men who have renounced the world, and they are not arrogant.
5:86. And when they listen to the revelation received by the Messenger, thou wilt see their eyes overflowing with tears, for they recognise the Truth: they pray: "Our Lord! We believe; write us down among the witnesses.
5:87. What cause can we have not to believe "I AM" and the Truth which has come to us, seeing that we long for our Lord to admit us to the company of the righteous?"
5:88. And for this their prayer hath "I AM" rewarded them with Gardens (green pastures - Psalm 23), with rivers flowing underneath,- their Eternal Home. Such is the recompense of those who do good.
5:89. But those who reject Faith and belie Our Signs,- they shall be Companions of Hell-fire.
5:90. O ye who believe! Make not unlawful the good things which "I AM" hath made Lawful for you, but commit no excess: for "I AM" loveth not those given to excess.
5:91. Eat of the things which "I AM" hath provided for you, Lawful and good; but fear "I AM", in Whom ye believe.
5:92. "I AM" will not call you to account for what is futile in your oaths, but He will call you to account for your deliberate oaths: for atonement, feed ten destitute persons, on a scale of the average for the food of your families; or clothe them; or give a slave his freedom. If that is beyond your means, fast for three days. That is the atonement for the oaths ye have sworn. But keep to your oaths. Thus doth "I AM" make clear to you His Signs, that ye may be grateful.
5:93. O ye who believe! Intoxicants and gambling, (dedication of) stones, and (divination by) arrows, are an abomination,- of Satan's handiwork: shun such (abomination), that ye may prosper.
5:94. Satan's plan is (only) to excite enmity and hatred between you, with intoxicants and gambling, and hinder you from the remembrance of "I AM", and from prayer: will ye not then abstain?
5:95. Obey "I AM", and obey the Messenger, and beware (of evil): if ye do turn back, know ye that it is Our Messenger's duty to proclaim (the Message) in the clearest manner.
5:96. On those who believe and do deeds of righteousness there is no blame for what they ate (in the past), when they guard themselves from evil, and believe, and do deeds of righteousness,- (or) again, guard themselves from evil and believe,- (or) again, guard themselves from evil and do good. For "I AM" loveth those who do good.
5:97. O ye who believe! "I AM" doth but make a trial of you in a little matter of game well within reach of your hands and your lances, that He may test who feareth Him unseen: any who transgress thereafter, will have a grievous Penalty.
5:98. O ye who believe! Kill not game while in the Holy Precincts or in pilgrim garb. If any of you doth so intentionally, the compensation is an offering, brought to the House of God (on Mt. Moriah), of a domestic animal equivalent to the one he killed, as adjudged by two just men among you; or by way of atonement, the feeding of the destitute; or its equivalent in fasts: that he may taste of the penalty of his deed. "I AM" forgives what is past: for repetition "I AM" will exact from him The Penalty. For "I AM" is Exalted, and Lord of Retribution.
5:99. Lawful to you is the pursuit of water-game and its use for food,- for the benefit of yourselves and those who travel; but forbidden is the pursuit of land- game;- as long as ye are in the Holy Precincts or in pilgrim garb. And fear "I AM", to Whom ye shall be gathered back.
5:100. "I AM" made the House of God, the Holy House, an asylum of security for men, as also the Holy Months; the animals for offerings; and the garlands that mark them: that ye may know that "I AM" hath knowledge of what is in the heavens and on Earth and that "I AM" is well acquainted with all things.
5:101. Know ye that "I AM" is strict in punishment and that "I AM" is Oft- Forgiving, Most Merciful.
5:102. The Messenger's duty is only to proclaim (the Message). But "I AM" knoweth all that ye reveal and ye conceal.
5:103. Say: "Not equal are things that are bad and things that are good, even though the abundance of the bad may dazzle thee; so fear "I AM", O ye that understand; that (so) ye may prosper."
5:104. O ye who believe! Ask not questions about things which, if made plain to you, may cause you trouble. But if ye ask about things when the Koran is being revealed, they will be made plain to you, "I AM" will forgive those: for "I AM" is Oft-Forgiving, Most Forbearing.
5:105. Some people before you did ask such questions, and on that account lost their faith.
5:106. It was not "I AM" who instituted (superstitions like those of) a slit-ear she-camel, or a she-camel let loose for free pasture, or idol sacrifices for twin-births in animals, or stallion-camels freed from work: it is blasphemers who invent a lie against "I AM"; but most of them lack wisdom.
5:107. When it is said to them: "Come to what "I AM" hath revealed; come to the Messenger": they say: "Enough for us are the ways we found our fathers following." What! even though their fathers were void of Knowledge and Guidance?
5:108. O ye who believe! Guard your own souls: if ye follow (right) guidance, no hurt can come to you from those who stray. The goal of you all is to "I AM": it is He that will show you the truth of all that ye do.
5:109. O ye who believe! When death approaches any of you, (take) witnesses among yourselves when making Bequests,- two just men of your own (brotherhood) or others from outside if ye are journeying through the Earth, and the chance of death befalls you (thus). If ye doubt (their truth), detain them both after prayer, and let them both swear by "I AM": "We wish not in this for any worldly gain, even though the (beneficiary) be our near relation: we shall hide not the evidence before "I AM": if we do, then behold! The sin be upon us!"
5:110. But if it gets known that these two were guilty of the sin (of perjury), let two others stand forth in their places,- nearest in kin from among those who claim a Lawful right: let them swear by "I AM": "We affirm that our witness is truer than that of those two, and that we have not trespassed (beyond the Truth): if we did, behold! The wrong be upon us!"
5:111. That is most suitable: that they may give the evidence in its true nature and shape, or else they would fear that other oaths would be taken after their oaths. But fear "I AM", and listen (to His counsel): for "I AM" guideth not a rebellious people.
5:112. One day will "I AM" gather the Apostles together, and ask: "What was the response ye received (from men to your teaching)?" They will say: "We have no knowledge: it is Thou Who knowest in full all that is hidden."
5:113. Then will "I AM" say: "O Jesus the son of Mary! Recount My favour to thee and to thy mother. Behold! I strengthened thee with the holy spirit (Christ), so that thou didst speak to the people in childhood and in maturity. Behold! I taught thee The Book (The Torah and Prophets) and Wisdom, The Law (The Torah) and The Gospel and behold! Thou makest out of clay, as it were, the figure of a bird, by My leave, thou breathest into it, and it becometh a bird by My leave, and thou healest those born blind, and the lepers, by My leave. And behold! Thou bringest forth the dead by My leave. And behold! I did restrain the Children of Israel from (violence to) thee when thou didst show them the Clear Signs, and the Unbelievers among them said: 'This is nothing but sorcery.'
5:114. And behold! I inspired the Disciples to have faith in Me and My Messenger. They said, 'We have faith, and bear thou witness that we bow to "I AM" as those "True in Faith"'."
5:115. Behold! The disciples, said: "O Jesus the son of Mary! Can thy Lord send down to us a table set (with viands) from heaven?" Said Jesus: "Fear "I AM", if ye have faith."
5:116. They said: "We only wish to eat thereof and satisfy our hearts, and to know that thou hast indeed told us the truth; and that we ourselves may be witnesses to the miracle."
5:117. Said Jesus the son of Mary: "O "I AM" our Lord! Send us from heaven a Table set (with viands), that there may be for us - for the first and the last of us - a solemn festival and a Sign from Thee and provide for our sustenance, for Thou art the best Sustainer (of our needs)."
5:118. "I AM" said: "I will send it down unto you: but if any of you after that resisteth faith, I will punish him with a Penalty such as I have not inflicted on any one among all the peoples."
5:119. And behold! "I AM" will say: "O Jesus the son of Mary! Didst thou say unto men, worship me and my mother as gods in derogation of "I AM"?" He will say: "Glory to Thee! NEVER could I say what I had no right (to say). Had I said such a thing, thou wouldst indeed have known it. Thou knowest what is in my heart, though I know not what is in Thine. For Thou knowest in full all that is hidden.
5:120. Never said I to them anything except what Thou didst command me to say, to wit, 'worship "I AM", my Lord and your Lord'; and I was a witness over them whilst I dwelt amongst them; when Thou didst take me up Thou wast the Watcher over them, and Thou art a witness to all things.
5:121. If Thou dost punish them, they are Thy servants: if Thou dost forgive them, Thou art the Exalted in power, the Wise."
5:122. "I AM" will say: "This is a Day on which the truthful will profit from their truth: theirs are Gardens, with rivers flowing beneath,- their eternal Home: I am well-pleased with them, and they with Me: that is the great Salvation, (the fulfillment of all desires).
5:123. To "I AM" doth belong the Dominion of the heavens and the Earth, and all that is therein, and it is He Who hath power over all things.