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Bible Mistake

Humourus anecdote about the most unsuccessful edition of the Bible, printed in 1631.

One of the most exciting versions of the Bible was printed in 1631. The publishers were Robert Barker and Martin Lucas, the King's printers in London.

Their edition included several mistakes, but one was inspired - the word 'not' was omitted from the Seventh Commandment. It enjoined its readers, on the highest authority, to commit adultery.

Fearing the popularity with which this might be received in remote country districts, King Charles I called all 1,000 copies back in and fined the printers £3,000.