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Those whom they call upon do desire (for themselves) means of access to their Lord, – even those who are nearest: they hope for His Mercy and fear His Wrath: for the Wrath of thy Lord is something to take heed of.

[1290] Many commentators say this verse is referencing not only the pagan idols, but the personages of Jesus, Mary, Ezra and other famous, saintly people whom later followers took to be gods or god-like in their own right.  This verse is pointing out that even all of the people who have been elevated to the status of gods or who are deemed god-like are, themselves, merely striving to get close to God.

References:

Emerick, Yahiya. The Meaning of the Holy Qur’an in Today’s English (p. 829). Unknown. Kindle Edition.

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