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qāla
قَالَ
He said,
rabbi
رَبِّ
"My Lord,
l-sij'nu
ٱلسِّجْنُ
the prison
aḥabbu
أَحَبُّ
(is) dearer
ilayya
إِلَىَّ
to me
mimmā
مِمَّا
than what
yadʿūnanī
يَدْعُونَنِىٓ
they invite me
ilayhi
إِلَيْهِۖ
to it.
wa-illā
وَإِلَّا
And unless
taṣrif
تَصْرِفْ
You turn away
ʿannī
عَنِّى
from me
kaydahunna
كَيْدَهُنَّ
their plot
aṣbu
أَصْبُ
I might incline
ilayhinna
إِلَيْهِنَّ
towards them
wa-akun
وَأَكُن
and [I] be
mina
مِّنَ
of
l-jāhilīna
ٱلْجَٰهِلِينَ
the ignorant."

Qaala rabbis sijnu ahabbu ilaiya mimma yad'oo naneee 'ilaihi wa illaa tasrif 'annee kaidahunna asbu ilaihinna wa akum minal jaahileen

Sahih International:

He said, "My Lord, prison is more to my liking than that to which they invite me. And if You do not avert from me their plan, I might incline toward them and [thus] be of the ignorant."

1 A. J. Arberry

He said, 'My Lord, prison is dearer to me than that they call me to; yet if Thou turnest not from me their guile, then I shall yearn towards them, and so become one of the ignorant.'

2 Abdul Haleem

Joseph said, ‘My Lord! I would prefer prison to what these women are calling me to do. If You do not protect me from their treachery, I shall yield to them and do wrong,’

3 Abdul Majid Daryabadi

He said: my Lord: prison is dearer to me than that to which these women call me; and if Thou avertest not their guile from me should incline toward them and become of the Ignorant.

4 Abdullah Yusuf Ali

He said; "O my Lord! the prison is more to my liking than that to which they invite me; Unless Thou turn away their snare from me, I should (in my youthful folly) feel inclined towards them and join the ranks of the ignorant."

5 Abul Ala Maududi

Joseph said: "My Lord! I prefer imprisonment to what they ask me to do. And if You do not avert from me the guile of these women, I will succumb to their attraction and lapse into ignorance."

6 Ahmed Ali

(Joseph) prayed: "O Lord, dearer is prison than what they invite me to. Unless You turn their guiles away from me I shall succumb to their charms and thus become a pagan."

7 Ahmed Raza Khan

He said, “O my Lord! Prison is dearer to me than the deed they invite me to; and if You do not repel their deceit away from me, I may incline towards them and be unwise.”

8 Ali Quli Qarai

He said, ‘My Lord! The prison is dearer to me than to what they invite me. If You do not turn away their schemes from me, I will incline towards them and become one of the senseless.’

9 Ali Ünal

He (imploring God) said: "My Lord! Prison is dearer to me than what they bid me to. If You do not avert their guile from me, I might incline towards them and become one of the ignorant (those who succumb to such temptations)."

10 Amatul Rahman Omar

(Hearing this) he (- Joseph) said, `My Lord, the prison is more to my liking than that to which they call me to, and unless you turn away their guile from me I might yield to their allurement and be of those devoid of knowledge.´

11 English Literal

He said: "My Lord, the prison/jail (is) more likable to me from what they call me to it, and unless you divert from me their conspiring I incline to (give up) to them (F), and I be from the lowly/ignorant ."

12 Faridul Haque

He said, "O my Lord! Prison is dearer to me than the deed they invite me to; and if You do not repel their deceit away from me, I may incline towards them and be unwise."

13 Hamid S. Aziz

Said she, "There before you is he about whom you blamed me. I did seek to seduce him for his person, but he did save himself firmly, guiltless. But now if he does not what I bid him he shall surely be cast into prison and shall surely be among those brought low."

14 Hilali & Khan

He said:"O my Lord! Prison is more to my liking than that to which they invite me. Unless You turn away their plot from me, I will feel inclined towards them and be one (of those who commit sin and deserve blame or those who do deeds) of the ignorants."

15 Maulana Mohammad Ali

She said: This is he about whom you blamed me. And certainly I sought to seduce him, but he was firm in continence. And if he do not what I bid him, he shall certainly be imprisoned, and he shall certainly be of the abject.

16 Mohammad Habib Shakir

He said: My Lord! the prison house is dearer to me than that to which they invite me; and if Thou turn not away their device from me, I will yearn towards them and become (one) of the ignorant.

17 Mohammed Marmaduke William Pickthall

He said: O my Lord! Prison is more dear than that unto which they urge me, and if Thou fend not off their wiles from me I shall incline unto them and become of the foolish.

18 Muhammad Sarwar

Joseph said, "Lord, prison is dearer to me than that which women want me to do. Unless You protect me from their guile, I shall be attracted to them in my ignorance".

19 Qaribullah & Darwish

He supplicated: 'Lord, prison is dearer to me than that to which they invite me. Yet if You do not shield me from their guile I shall yield to them and be one of the ignorant'

20 Safi-ur-Rahman al-Mubarakpuri

He said: "O my Lord! Prison is dearer to me than that to which they invite me. Unless You turn away their plot from me, I will feel inclined towards them and be one of the ignorant."

21 Wahiduddin Khan

Joseph said, "O my Lord! I would prefer prison to what these women are inviting me to do. And if You do not avert their guile from me, I may yield to them and so become one of the ignorant."

22 Talal Itani

He said, “My Lord, prison is more desirable to me than what they call me to. Unless You turn their scheming away from me, I may yield to them, and become one of the ignorant.”

23 Tafsir jalalayn

He said, `My Lord, prison is dearer to me than that to which they are urging me. And if You do not fend off their wiles from me, then I shall tend, I shall incline, towards them and become of the ignorant, the sinful; this is intended as a supplication, which is why God, exalted be He, then says;

24 Tafseer Ibn Kathir

قَالَ رَبِّ السِّجْنُ أَحَبُّ إِلَيَّ مِمَّا يَدْعُونَنِي إِلَيْهِ

He said;"O my Lord! Prison is dearer to me than that to which they invite me..." (illegal sexual acts),

وَإِلاَّ تَصْرِفْ عَنِّي كَيْدَهُنَّ أَصْبُ إِلَيْهِنَّ

Unless You turn away their plot from me, I will feel inclined towards them,

Yusuf invoked Allah;If You abandon me and I am reliant on myself, then I have no power over myself, nor can I bring harm or benefit to myself, except with Your power and will. Verily, You are sought for each and everything, and our total reliance is on You Alone for each and everything. Please, do not abandon me and leave me to rely on myself, for then,

أَصْبُ إِلَيْهِنَّ

وَأَكُن مِّنَ الْجَاهِلِينَ