He sent down water from the heavens, so the canals flowed according to their capacity, and the flood carried bulging scum. And a similar scum comes up from what they melt in the fire to obtain ornaments or other objects. This is how Allah depicts the truth and the untruth. As for the scum, it goes to be thrown away, while that which benefits people remains on the earth. This is how Allah brings out the parables.
— Mufti Taqi Usmani
He sends down from the heaven water so that valleys flow, each to its determined (course), so that the flood carries away (on its surface) a swelling scum. And from that on which they kindle fire (i.e., or) seeking (to make) ornaments or belongings, out of that there is a scum like it. Thus Allah strikes the Truth and the untruth. So, as for the scum, then it goes away as jetsam (i.e., vanishes as useless) and as for whatever profits mankind, then it stays in the earth. Thus Allah strikes the similitudes.
— Dr. Ghali
He sends water from the sky that fills riverbeds to overflowing, each according to its measure. The stream carries on its surface a growing layer of froth, like the froth that appears when people melt metals in the fire to make ornaments and tools: in this way God illustrates truth and falsehood- the froth disappears, but what is of benefit to man stays behind- this is how God makes illustrations.
— Abdul Haleem
He sendeth down water from the sky, so that valleys flow according to their measure, and the flood beareth (on its surface) swelling foam - from that which they smelt in the fire in order to make ornaments and tools riseth a foam like unto it - thus Allah coineth (the similitude of) the true and the false. Then, as for the foam, it passeth away as scum upon the banks, while, as for that which is of use to mankind, it remaineth in the earth. Thus Allah coineth the similitudes.
He sends down water from the skies, and the channels flow, each according to its measure: But the torrent bears away to foam that mounts up to the surface. Even so, from that (ore) which they heat in the fire, to make ornaments or utensils therewith, there is a scum likewise. Thus doth Allah (by parables) show forth Truth and Vanity. For the scum disappears like forth cast out; while that which is for the good of mankind remains on the earth. Thus doth Allah set forth parables.
— Yusuf Ali
(Аллоҳ) осмондан, сув (ёмғир) ёғдирганида жилғалар тўлиб-тошиб оқиб, бу сел ўз устида кўпикларни ҳам кўтариб келур. (Одамлар) зеб-зийнат ёки асбоб-ускуна ясаш учун ўтда эритадиган нарса-маъданлардан ҳам шунга ўхшаш кўпик (чиқинди пайдо) бўлур. Аллоҳ ҳақ билан ботилни мана шундай (мисол билан) баён қилур. Энди у кўпик-чиқинди ўз-ўзидан йўқ бўлиб кетур. Одамларга фойдали бўлган нарса эса Ер юзида қолур. Аллоҳ мисолларни мана шундай баён қилур.
— Alauddin Mansour
Ele faz descer a água do céu, que corre pelos vales, mesuradamente; sua corrente arrasta uma espuma flutuante. Também (os metais) que os homens fundes com afã, no fogo, para fabricar utensílios e ornamentos, produzem uma espuma semelhante. Assim Deus evidencia o verdadeiro e o falso. A espuma desvanece-se rapidamente: o que beneficia o homem, porém, permanece na terra. Assim Deus exemplifica (os fatos).
— Samir El-Hayek
Allah sends down water from the heavens and the river-beds flow, each according to its measure, and the torrent carries along a swelling scum.1 In like manner, from that metal which they smelt in the fire to make ornaments and utensils,2 there arises scum like it. Thus does Allah depict truth and falsehood. As for the scum, it passes away as dross; but that which benefits mankind abides on the earth. Thus does Allah explain (the truth) through examples.
— Tafheem-ul-Quran - Abul Ala Maududi