Tafsir Tanwîr al-Miqbâs min Tafsîr Ibn ‘Abbâs

Verse 22.48

(And how many a township) and how many a population of township (did I suffer long) I gave a reprieve from chastisement (though it was sinful!) though its population were idolaters and disbelievers. (Then I grasped it) I punished them in the life of this world. (Unto Me is the return) in the Hereafter.