Yusuf Ali Mankind was but one nation, but differed (later). Had it not been for a word that went forth before from thy Lord, their differences would have been settled between them.
Sahih International And mankind was not but one community [united in religion], but [then] they differed. And if not for a word that preceded from your Lord, it would have been judged between them [immediately] concerning that over which they differ.
Shakir And people are naught but a single nation, so they disagree; and had not a word already gone forth from your Lord, the matter would have certainly been decided between them in respect of that concerning which they disagree.
Pickthall Mankind were but one community; then they differed; and had it not been for a word that had already gone forth from thy Lord it had been judged between them in respect of that wherein they differ.
محمد جالندھری اور (سب) لوگ (پہلے) ایک ہی اُمت (یعنی ایک ہی ملت پر) تھے۔ پھر جدا جدا ہوگئے۔ اور اگر ایک بات جو تمہارے پروردگار کی طرف سے پہلے ہوچکی ہے نہ ہوتی تو جن باتوں میں وہ اختلاف کرتے ہیں ان میں فیصلہ کر دیا جاتا