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˹Allah added,˺ “And what is that in your right hand, O  Moses?”
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He replied, “It is my staff! I lean on it, and with it I beat down ˹branches˺ for my sheep, and have other uses for it.”1
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Allah said, “Throw it down, O  Moses!”
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So he did, then—behold!—it became a serpent, slithering.
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Allah said, “Take it, and have no fear. We will return it to its former state.
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And put your hand under your armpit, it will come out ˹shining˺ white, unblemished,1 as another sign,
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so that We may show you some of Our greatest signs.
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