Date: Sun, 30 May 1999 06:37:54 +1000 (GMT+1000) From: Jan Groenveld <> To: Undisclosed recipients: ; Subject: Typesetter's nightmares OOPS! In 1631, King Charles I ordered 1,000 Bibles from an English printer named Robert Barker. Only after the Bibles were delivered did anyone notice a serious mistake: The word "not" had been left out of the Seventh Commandment! (Exodus 20:14). Charles was not amused by the "Wicked Bible," as the infamous printing mistake was called. He ordered the Bibles recalled and destroyed, took away Barker's license to print Bibles and fined him 300 pounds-a hefty chunk of change in those days. And Barker was out of business. (OUCH!) OOPS! The Sequel The unlucky printer of the "Fool Bible," another printing mistake, fared even worse: He was fined 3,000 pounds for accidentally printing, "The fool hath said in his heart there is a God" (Psalm 14:1). (Another OUCH!) OOPS! The Series Other notorious Bible printing mistakes include: *The "Judas Bible," first printed in 1608, which had Judas instead of Jesus in John 6:67. *The "Sin On" Bible, published in 1716, which printed John 8:11 as "Go, and sin on more." *The "Ears to Ear"Bible. Printed in 1810, it had Jesus saying, "Who hath ears to ear, let him hear" in Matthew 13:43. *The "Denial Bible," printed in 1792, in which Phillip, not Peter, denies Jesus in Luke 22:34. With these in mind, the "Printers Bible," published in 1702, makes more sense. In that edition, instead of saying "princes have persecuted me without a cause" (Psalm 119:161), David complains that "printers" have persecuted me without a cause."
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