He repeats the old standbys: Abraham & Lot, the Wood people, and a spiffy new one. Chapter 15 is named Al-Hijr, after one of the cities god nuked. Sometimes they translate its name as "Stoneland" or "Rock City", for purty good reasons, yo. These guys sound pretty handy;
And boy those are some dwellings they hewed, too. How'd you like to set up housekeeping in one of these babies, hmm? Want! I mean, if you had to live in a desert. Clicky on the pic as usual to find out more, and there's a little photo gallery fer dreamin'.
God does more bragging and threatening, and at the end he gets all emo with his prophet;
95. We are surely sufficient to deal with those who scoff at you,
Reading that's embarrassing. It feels like I'm snooping in some teenagers diary. That's god being all Mr. Sensitive after he's laid this on us.
8. But then We never send the angels down save with the purpose (of enforcing their doom), after which they will not be given more respite.
12. We place in the hearts of sinners (disbelief).
He puts disbelief in our heart and then dooms us for not believing. Yessir, death and destruction, brought to you "In the name of God, most Gracious, most Compassionate". I feel so warm and tingly, I could just pee my pants.
Here's a something weird.
16. We have placed the signs of the Zodiac in the sky, and decked it out for those who can see;
17. And We have preserved it from every accursed devil,
18. Except the ones who listen on the sly, yet they are chased away by a shooting flame.
Say what? Chapter 37 talks about this too, with more details. It says there's a near and a far heaven. In the near one is stars & planets, which it says is an effective safegaurd (?!) against satans (there's more than one. It says “against every insolently disobedient satan”). Angels are in there discussing something, and the satans can't hear them, usually. But sometimes they can, and when that happens a shooting flame chases them away. I googled this up and got totally different explanations, as usual, so the hell with it. I'd say it means just what it says. There's a Zodiac in the sky and it shoots flames. That's easy to imagine. Why not?