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˹One day˺ he inspected the birds, and wondered, “Why is it that I cannot see the hoopoe? Or could he be absent?
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I will surely subject him to a severe punishment, or ˹even˺ slaughter him, unless he brings me a compelling excuse.”
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It was not long before the bird came and said, “I have found out something you do not know. I have just come to you from Sheba with sure news.

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