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They said: "Either you cast (your spell), O Moses, or we shall cast it first."

Moses said: "No. You cast it first" Then it seemed to Moses that by their magic their cords and rods were flying;

And Moses felt afraid within himself.

We said to him: "Fear not. You will certainly be victorious.

Throw down what is in your right hand: It will swallow up what they have conjured. For what they have fashioned is only a trick of the sorcerer; and a sorcerer does not succeed wherever he may come."

The magicians, (seeing the miracle), fell down in prostration, saying: "We believe in the Lord of Moses and Aaron."

(The Pharaoh) said: "You have come to believe without my dispensation. Surely he is your chief who taught you magic. I will have your hands and feet cut off on alternate sides and crucify you on the trunks of date-palm trees. You will come to know whose punishment is harder and protracted."

They replied: "We cannot choose you in the face of the clear testimony we have received, and over Him who created us. So do what you are determined to do. All that you would do will only be confined to our life on earth.

We have certainly come to believe in our Lord that He may forgive our trespasses and the magic you have forced us to perform, for God is nobler and abiding."

Surely for him who comes before his Lord a sinner shall be Hell, where he will neither die nor live.

But whoever comes before Him a believer having done good deeds, will be raised to higher stations --

Gardens of Eden with rippling streams, where he will live for ever. This is the recompense of those who achieve integrity.