[Saad 38:17] Have patience upon what they say, and remember Our bondman Dawud, the one blessed with favours; he is indeed most inclined (towards His Lord).
[Saad 38:18] Indeed We subjected the hills to say the praise with him, at night and at morn.
[Saad 38:19] And birds gathered together; they were all obedient to him.
[Saad 38:20] And We strengthened his kingdom and gave him wisdom and just speech.
[Saad 38:21] And did the news of the two disputants reach you? When they scaled over the wall into Dawud’s mosque.
[Saad 38:22] When they entered upon David, so he feared them - they said, “Do not fear! We are two disputants, one of whom has wronged the other, therefore judge fairly between us and do not judge unjustly - and show us the right way.”
[Saad 38:23] “This is my brother; he has ninety nine ewes and I have one ewe; and he now says ‘Give that one also to me’ - and he is very demanding in speech.”
[Saad 38:24] Said Dawud, “He is indeed being unjust to you in that he demands to add your ewe to his ewes; and indeed most partners wrong one another, except those who believe and do good deeds - and they are very few!” Thereupon Dawud realised that We had tested him, so he sought forgiveness from his Lord, and fell prostrate and inclined (towards his Lord). (Command of Prostration # 10)
[Saad 38:25] We therefore forgave him this; and indeed for him in Our presence are, surely, proximity and an excellent abode.
[Saad 38:26] “O Dawud! We have indeed appointed you as
a Viceroy in the earth, therefore judge between mankind with the truth,
and do not follow desire for it will lead you astray from Allah’s path;
indeed for those who stray away from Allah’s path is a severe punishment,
because they forgot the Day of Reckoning.”