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وَإِذ أَخَذَ اللَّـهُ ميثاقَ الَّذينَ أوتُوا الكِتابَ لَتُبَيِّنُنَّهُ لِلنّاسِ وَلا تَكتُمونَهُ فَنَبَذوهُ وَراءَ ظُهورِهِم وَاشتَرَوا بِهِ ثَمَنًا قَليلًا فَبِئسَ ما يَشتَرونَ ﴿١٨٧﴾


187 – And when Allah took compact with those who had been given the Book: 'You shall announce it the people, and not conceal it.' But they cast it behind their backs and purchased thereby a paltry price -- how wretched be what they purchase.


أبى الجارود عن أبى جعفر عليه السلام في قوله: واذ اخذ الله ميثاق الذين اوتوا الكتاب لتبيننه للناس ولا تكتمونه وذلك ان الله أخذ ميثاق الذين اوتوا الكتاب في محمد لتبيننه إذا خرج، ولا تكتمونه فنبذوه وراء ظهورهم يقول: نبذوا عهد الله وراء ظهورهم واشتروا به ثمنا قليلا فبئس ما يشترون.


[Tafsir al-Qummi] Abu ‘l-Jarud from Abu Ja`far عليه السلام regarding His saying “And when Allah took compact with those who had been given the Book: 'You shall announce it to the people, and not conceal it.'” And that is that Allah took compact with those who had been given the Book regarding Muhammad that they announce it when he comes out and not conceal it.  So they cast it behind their backs.  He is saying: They cast the covenant of Allah behind their backs and purchased thereby a paltry price, so how wretched be what they purchase.