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This Bible's Typo Makes It "Wicked"

A missing word in the Ten Commandments makes book simply "wicked"



    "Thou Shalt Commit Adultery"

    A missing word in a ten commandment made this particular book quite valuable. (Published Thursday, Feb. 10, 2011)

    An infamous Biblical typo will be on display this weekend here in the Bay Area.

    Printers in London back in 1631 missed one three-letter word in this particular Biblical printing.

    The misprint came in the Ten Commandments, No. 7 which is supposed to read "Thou shalt not commit adultery." Instead this one read "Thou shalt commit adultery" as in "do it."

    For that the Bible was declared the "Wicked Bible."

    When King Charles got word of the typo he ordered all 1,000 Bibles returned. Most were, but about 40 commoners kept the Bible as a keepsake of sorts making those remaining manuscripts extremely valuable.

    One of them will be on sale this weekend at the 44th California International Antiquarian Book Fair in San Francisco.

    Earlier Wicked Bibles sold for $30,000 to $40,000.  The owner of this particular one hopes to get $80,000.

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