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Persian Scriptures

10 April 2018  
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 Persian, otherwise known as Farsi, is the major language spoken in Iran (a country corresponding to the Biblical ‘Elam’). In its several different forms, Persian is spoken by over 100 million speakers worldwide.

In recent years persecution has led to significant numbers of Persian Christians fleeing Iran. Turkey is often their first port of call; from there many of them then move on to other countries such as the USA, UK and Germany where there are now large Iranian populations.

Our native Persian Bible reviser is in contact with many other Iranian believers, often scattered abroad, who have been helping proofread his work. Modern communication methods have helped them remain in touch, even though most contacts have been on the move in recent years in a bid to relocate to safer countries.

Although it had been our intention to publish the Persian New Testament with the Psalms, the Psalms need further revision work before they can be published. Therefore, rather than delay publication still further, we have taken the decision to publish the New Testament without the Psalms. We are thankful that the Persian New Testament text has now been finalised, and typesetting has recently begun.


Please pray that funds for the publication of the Persian New Testament would be provided. Also, remember all the individuals working on this keenly-awaited new edition, particularly the Iranian typesetter who is living in Turkey amidst difficult circumstances. ‘And I will set my throne in Elam, and will destroy from thence the king and the princes, saith the LORD. But it shall come to pass in the latter days, that I will bring again the captivity of Elam, saith the LORD’ (Jeremiah 49.38-39).

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