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(To his son came the command): “O Yahya! take hold of the Book with might”: and We gave him Wisdom even as a youth,

Time passes. The son is born. In this section of
the Surah the centre of interest is Yahya, and the
instruction is now given to him.
‘Keep fast hold of Allah’s revelation with all your might’:
for an unbelieving world had either corrupted or
neglected it, and Yahya (John the Baptist) was to
prepare the way for, Jesus, who was coming to renew
and re-interpret it

References:

Yusuf Ali, Abdullah. Translation and Commentary of the Quran. (surah 19 verse 12). Microsoft Word – 019 Maryam.doc (quran4u.com)

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