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Now it presents the psychological horror that leaves the guilty speechless.
The horror described here is that deafening silence, when everyone is utterly speechless. All look humble, without a word of excuse. The time for arguments and excuses is over.
Elsewhere in the Qur'an we have scenes describing their sorrow and grief, as well as the excuses they present and the oaths they swear. That day is very long, and both situations happen then, as Ibn 'Abbas explains. Here, the image given is that of absolute silence as it fits better with the general ambience of the surah.