Abdullah Yusuf Ali: Thus did the (generations) before them say! But all that they did was of no profit to them.
M.Pickthall: Those before them said it, yet (all) that they had earned availed them not;
Amatul Rahmân Omer: Their predecessors had said the same thing, yet all their acquisitions were of no avail to them,
Maulana Mohammad Ali: So when harm afflicts a man he calls upon Us; then, when We give him a boon from Us, he says: I have been given it only by means of knowledge. Nay, it is a trial, but most of them know not.