Monday, September 17, 2012

The Wicked Bible

No, the title is not a typo. And no, I have not lost my faith in the Word of God or the God of the Word. The title, "The Wicked Bible," refers to a particular edition of the King James Version published in 1631 that inadvertently omitted the all important word "not" from the seventh commandment.

The commandment was inspired by God Almighty to read, "Thou shalt NOT commit adultery," to put it in King James language. This version however printed 1,000 copies that read, "Thou shalt commit adultery." Ooppss!

The publisher was fined £300 of steriling silver, a sizable amount of money, and ordered to recall and destroy every copy. Unfortunately for them, around eleven copies survived, only one of which is presently for sale. But in order to acquire it, you'll have to have a few extra dollars in tow as it's presently offered at $89,500!

Like me, you're probably not interested in the purchase, but you can check it out here just for fun if you'd like.

And to be clear, the Lord has indeed commanded, "Thou shalt NOT commit adultery." He is faithful to his creation and his people, and he calls us to be faithful as he is faithful!

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