Among the early editions of the King James Bible, the “Wicked Bible” is one of the most infamous. The nickname comes from the edition’s erroneous printing of Exodus 20:14. Instead of “Thou shalt not commit adultery,” the text reads, “Thou shalt commit adultery.”
The Wicked Bible was printed in 1631. When the error was discovered, most of the Bibles were burned, though some survive today. King Charles I was enraged by the misprint; he fined the printers Â£300 and revoked their printing license.
A copy of the Wicked Bible is featured in a travelling display celebrating the 400th anniversary of the King James Version. The display includes several pre-KJV English Bibles and multiple early editions of the KJV. Hobe Sound Bible College in Florida hosts the exhibition this week.