The Sinner's Bible

You may have heard of the “Sinner’s Prayer”—but the “Sinner’s Bible?”
The Archbishop of Canterbury couldn’t believe his eyes!
When King Charles 1 read it. . .he went into a furious rage:
“Confiscate those Bibles! Burn them!”
The 17th-century Sinner’s Bible—often referred to as the “Wicked Bible”—had between “Thou shalt not kill” and “Thou shalt not steal” the words: “Thou shalt commit adultery!”
The royal printers begged forgiveness from the archbishop and the monarch—but received no mercy!
They were fined thousands of dollars; one printer, said to be bankrupt, was thrown into jail and died behind bars several years later.
Dozens of English translations have been produced since the 15th century. Bible proofreaders today are known to use the “Sinner’s Bible” as a reminder of their calling to accuracy in the transmission of this book of books!
Brought to you by Museum of the Bible.

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