وَٱلسَّمَآءِ ذَاتِ ٱلۡبُرُوجِBy the sky containing great stars
وَٱلۡيَوۡمِ ٱلۡمَوۡعُودِAnd [by] the promised Day
وَشَاهِدٖ وَمَشۡهُودٖAnd [by] the witness and what is witnessed,
قُتِلَ أَصۡحَٰبُ ٱلۡأُخۡدُودِDestroyed [i.e., cursed] were the companions of the trench
1- Or "May they be destroyed" or "cursed." The "companions of the trench" (or ditch) were agents of a tyrannical king who refused to allow his people to believe in AllŒh. Their evil deed in obedience to their ruler earned for them the curse of AllŒh (subúŒnahu wa taÔŒlŒ).
ٱلنَّارِ ذَاتِ ٱلۡوَقُودِ[Containing] the fire full of fuel,
إِذۡ هُمۡ عَلَيۡهَا قُعُودٞWhen they were sitting near it.
وَهُمۡ عَلَىٰ مَا يَفۡعَلُونَ بِٱلۡمُؤۡمِنِينَ شُهُودٞAnd they, to what they were doing against the believers, were witnesses. 
1- After casting the believers into a trench filled with fire, they sat at its edge, watching them burn to death. This event occurred before the time of Prophet Muúammad ().
وَمَا نَقَمُواْ مِنۡهُمۡ إِلَّآ أَن يُؤۡمِنُواْ بِٱللَّهِ ٱلۡعَزِيزِ ٱلۡحَمِيدِAnd they resented them not except because they believed in AllŒh, the Exalted in Might, the Praiseworthy,
ٱلَّذِي لَهُۥ مُلۡكُ ٱلسَّمَٰوَٰتِ وَٱلۡأَرۡضِۚ وَٱللَّهُ عَلَىٰ كُلِّ شَيۡءٖ شَهِيدٌTo whom belongs the dominion of the heavens and the earth. And AllŒh, over all things, is Witness.
1- See footnote to 4:79
إِنَّ ٱلَّذِينَ فَتَنُواْ ٱلۡمُؤۡمِنِينَ وَٱلۡمُؤۡمِنَٰتِ ثُمَّ لَمۡ يَتُوبُواْ فَلَهُمۡ عَذَابُ جَهَنَّمَ وَلَهُمۡ عَذَابُ ٱلۡحَرِيقِIndeed, those who have tortured the believing men and believing women and then have not repented will have the punishment of Hell, and they will have the punishment of the Burning Fire.
1- Or, in this instance, the literal meaning of "burned" is also appropriate.
إِنَّ ٱلَّذِينَ ءَامَنُواْ وَعَمِلُواْ ٱلصَّـٰلِحَٰتِ لَهُمۡ جَنَّـٰتٞ تَجۡرِي مِن تَحۡتِهَا ٱلۡأَنۡهَٰرُۚ ذَٰلِكَ ٱلۡفَوۡزُ ٱلۡكَبِيرُIndeed, those who have believed and done righteous deeds will have gardens beneath which rivers flow. That is the great attainment.
إِنَّ بَطۡشَ رَبِّكَ لَشَدِيدٌIndeed, the assault [i.e., vengeance] of your Lord is severe.
إِنَّهُۥ هُوَ يُبۡدِئُ وَيُعِيدُIndeed, it is He who originates [creation] and repeats.
وَهُوَ ٱلۡغَفُورُ ٱلۡوَدُودُAnd He is the Forgiving, the Affectionate,
ذُو ٱلۡعَرۡشِ ٱلۡمَجِيدُHonorable Owner of the Throne,
فَعَّالٞ لِّمَا يُرِيدُEffecter of what He intends.
هَلۡ أَتَىٰكَ حَدِيثُ ٱلۡجُنُودِHas there reached you the story of the soldiers –
فِرۡعَوۡنَ وَثَمُودَ[Those of] Pharaoh and Tham´d?
بَلِ ٱلَّذِينَ كَفَرُواْ فِي تَكۡذِيبٖBut they who disbelieve are in [persistent] denial,
وَٱللَّهُ مِن وَرَآئِهِم مُّحِيطُۢWhile AllŒh encompasses them from behind.
1- See footnote to 2:19
بَلۡ هُوَ قُرۡءَانٞ مَّجِيدٞBut this is an honored QurÕŒn
فِي لَوۡحٖ مَّحۡفُوظِۭ[Inscribed] in a Preserved Slate.