Abbas - Tanwîr al-Miqbâs min Tafsîr Ibn ‘Abbâs
((Their way is) as the way of Pharaoh's folk) as the doing of the folk of Pharaoh (and those before them; they disbelieved the revelations of Allah) they disbelieved in Allah's Book and Messenger; He says: the disbelievers of Mecca disbelieved in Muhammad (pbuh) and in the Qur'an just as Pharaoh and his folk, and those before them, disbelieved in Scriptures and messengers sent to them, (and Allah took them in their sins) in their disbelief. (Lo! Allah is Strong) in His seizing, (severe in punishment) when He punishes.
The way of these people is, like the way of Pharaoh’s folk and those before them: they disbelieved in God’s signs and so God seized them, with chastisement, because of their sins (the sentence beginning with kafarū, ‘they disbelieved’, explains the previous one). Truly, God is strong, in what He wills, severe in retribution.
Allah says, `The behavior of these rebellious disbelievers against what I sent you with, O Muhammad, is similar to the behavior of earlier disbelieving nations. So We behaved with them according to Our Da'b, that is, Our behavior or custom and way, as We did with them with what We often do and decide concerning their likes, the denying people of Fir`awn and the earlier nations who rejected the Messengers and disbelieved in Our Ayat,'
فَأَخَذَهُمُ اللَّهُ بِذُنُوبِهِمْ
(so Allah punished them for their sins.)
Because of their sins, Allah destroyed them
إِنَّ اللَّهَ قَوِىٌّ شَدِيدُ الْعِقَابِ
(Verily, Allah is All-Strong, severe in punishment.)
none can resist Him or escape His grasp.
Maududi - Sayyid Abul Ala Maududi - Tafhim al-Qur'an
This was the opinion of the hypocrites and the worldly-wise people of Al-Madinah. When they saw that the small band of Muslims was going to fight with the large and superior force of the Quraish they said to one another, "Over enthusiasm for their religion has made these people mad and they are going to meet with utter destruction. As they have been blinded by their Prophet, they cannot see that they are going into the very mouth of death".