He replied, “That knowledge is with my Lord in a Record. My Lord neither falters nor forgets ˹anything˺.”
˹He is the One˺ Who has laid out the earth for ˹all of˺ you, and set in it pathways for you, and sends down rain from the sky, causing various types of plants to grow,
˹so˺ eat and graze your cattle. Surely in this are signs for people of sound judgment.
From the earth We created you, and into it We will return you, and from it We will bring you back again.
And We certainly showed Pharaoh all of Our signs,1 but he denied them and refused ˹to believe˺.
He said, “Have you come to drive us out of our land with your magic, O  Moses?
We can surely meet you with similar magic. So set for us an appointment that neither of us will fail to keep, in a central place.”
Moses said, “Your appointment is on the Day of the Festival, and let the people be gathered mid-morning.”
Pharaoh then withdrew, orchestrated his scheme, then returned.
Moses warned the magicians, “Woe to you! Do not fabricate a lie against Allah,1 or He will wipe you out with a torment. Whoever fabricates ˹lies˺ is bound to fail.”
So the magicians disputed the matter among themselves, conversing privately.
They concluded, “These two are only magicians who want to drive you out of your land with their magic, and do away with your most cherished traditions.
So orchestrate your plan, then come forward in ˹perfect˺ ranks. And whoever prevails today will certainly be successful.”
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