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If you fear that you will not do justice to the orphans, then, marry the women you like, in twos, in threes and in fours. But, if you fear that you will not maintain equity, then (keep to) one woman, or bondwomen you own. It will be closer to abstaining from injustice.

— Mufti Taqi Usmani

And, in case you fear that you will not act equitably towards the orphans, then marry such women as is good to you, two, three, four, (Literally: in twos and threes and fours) then, in case you fear that you will not do justice, then one (only), or what your right hands possess. That (way) is likelier you will not be in want (Or: you will have too many dependents).

— Dr. Ghali

If you fear that you will not deal fairly with orphan girls, you may marry whichever [other] women seem good to you, two, three, or four. If you fear that you cannot be equitable [to them], then marry only one, or your slave(s): that is more likely to make you avoid bias.

— Abdul Haleem

And if ye fear that ye will not deal fairly by the orphans, marry of the women, who seem good to you, two or three or four; and if ye fear that ye cannot do justice (to so many) then one (only) or (the captives) that your right hands possess. Thus it is more likely that ye will not do injustice.

— Pickthall

If ye fear that ye shall not be able to deal justly with the orphans, Marry women of your choice, Two or three or four; but if ye fear that ye shall not be able to deal justly (with them), then only one, or (a captive) that your right hands possess, that will be more suitable, to prevent you from doing injustice.

— Yusuf Ali

Агар етим қизларга адолат қила олмасликдан қўрқсангиз, сизлар учун никоҳи ҳалол бўлган аёлларга иккита, учта, тўрттадан уйланаверинглар. Энди агар (хотинлар орасида) адолат қила олмасликдан қўрқсангиз, битта аёлга (уйланинг) ёки қўл остингиздаги чўри билан (кифояланинг). Мана шу жабру зулмга ўтиб кетмаслигингизга яқинроқ ишдир. 1

— Alauddin Mansour

And if you fear that you will not deal justly with the orphan girls, then marry those that please you of [other] women, two or three or four. But if you fear that you will not be just, then [marry only] one or those your right hands possess [i.e., slaves]. That is more suitable that you may not incline [to injustice].

— Saheeh International

If you fear that you might not treat the orphans justly, then marry the women that seem good to you: two, or three, or four.1 If you fear that you will not be able to treat them justly, then marry (only) one,2 or marry from among those whom your right hands possess.3 This will make it more likely that you will avoid injustice.

— Tafheem-ul-Quran - Abul Ala Maududi

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