Say: “O People of the Book! Do not exceed limits in your religion beyond the truth. And do not follow the vain desires of a people who had fallen into Misguidance before and had caused many to fall into Misguidance and strayed from the designed Way”.
Those who disbelieved from among the Children of Israel were cursed by the tongue of David and Jesus, son of Mary. This was because they rebelled and used to exceed the limits.
They used not to prevent one another from wrongdoing that they did. Certainly evil was that which they did.
You see many of them turning into (making friends with) those who disbelieve. How wretched is that which they have put forth for themselves in that Allah has become angry with them. And in the torment shall they abide forever.
And if they had believed in Allah and the Prophet and in what has been sent down to him, never would they have taken them as protecting friends. But most of them are Fasiqûn.
Certainly you will find the most vehement of men in enmity to the believers (Amenu) to be the Jews and those who are associators. And you will find the nearest in friendship to those who believe to be those who say: “Indeed We are Christians”. This is because there are hermits and clergy among them and because they are not arrogant.