The foolish said, “He is a man, nothing more”: woe to him that recks not of the end!
ابلهان گفتند مردی بیش نیست ** وای آن کاو عاقبت اندیش نیست
How the eyes of (external) sense regarded Sálih and his she-camel as despicable and without a champion; (for) when God is about to destroy an army He makes their adversaries appear despicable and few in their sight, even though the adversary be superior in strength: “and He was making you few in their eyes, that God might bring to pass a thing that was to be done.”
حقیر و بیخصم دیدن دیدههای حس صالح و ناقهی صالح را، چون خواهد که حق لشکری را هلاک کند در نظر ایشان حقیر نماید خصمان را و اندک اگر چه غالب باشد آن خصم و يقللکم فی أعينهم ليقضي الله أمرا کان مفعولا
The she-camel of Sálih was in (outward) form a camel: that bitter (graceless) tribe hamstrung (and slaughtered) her in their folly.
ناقهی صالح به صورت بد شتر ** پی بریدندش ز جهل آن قوم مر
When they became her foes on account of the water (which she shared with them), they were blind to bread and blind to water (ungrateful for the blessings of God).2510
از برای آب چون خصمش شدند ** نان کور و آب کور ایشان بدند
God's she-camel drank water from brook and cloud: they (really) withheld God's water from God.
ناقة الله آب خورد از جوی و میغ ** آب حق را داشتند از حق دریغ
The she-camel of Sálih became, like the bodies of righteous men, an ambush for the destruction of the wicked,
ناقهی صالح چو جسم صالحان ** شد کمینی در هلاک طالحان
That (you may see) what (the Divine command), Let God's she-camel have her portion of water, wrought against that people, through the ordainment of death and woe.
تا بر آن امت ز حکم مرگ و درد ** ناقة الله و سقیاها چه کرد
The vengeance, which is God's minister, demanded from them an entire town as the blood-price of a single camel.