[27.16] And Sulaiman was Dawood’s heir, and he said: O men! we have been taught the language of birds, and we have been given all things; most surely this is manifest grace.
[27.17] And his hosts of the jinn and the men and the birds were gathered to him, and they were formed into groups.
[27.18] Until when they came to the valley of the Naml, a Namlite said: O Naml! enter your houses, (that) Sulaiman and his hosts may not crush you while they do not know.
[27.19] So he smiled, wondering at her word, and said: My Lord! grant me that I should be grateful for Thy favor which Thou hast bestowed on me and on my parents, and that I should do good such as Thou art pleased with, and make me enter, by Thy mercy, into Thy servants, the good ones.
[27.20] And he reviewed the birds, then said: How is it I see not the hoopoe or is it that he is of the absentees?
[27.21] 1 will most certainly punish him with a severe punishment, or kill him, or he shall bring to me a clear plea.