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An Unfortunate Omission Means the Seventh Commandment Reads: 'Thou Shalt Commit Adultery'

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The "Sinner's Bible," a 400-year-old Bible containing a typo in the Ten Commandments and encouraging individuals to have affairs, is up for sale, The Independent reports.

Published in 1631 by Robert Barker and Martin Lucas, the royal printers, the Seventh Commandment contains an unfortunate omission and reads: "Thou shalt commit adultery."

The Independent reports that the mistake was discovered one year after 1,000 copies were printed; however, King Charles I was outraged that such a brazen mistake had been made and ordered the books to be withdrawn and burned.

"There are a few theories about how the error made it into print," the Daily Mail reports. "It may have been a simple slip up but others think it was a plot to sabotage Barker's reputation."

The Independent reports that the mistake also infuriated George Abbot, the Archbishop of Canterbury at the time, who later wrote: "I knew the tyme [sic] when great care was had about printing, the Bibles especially, good compositors and the best correctors were gotten being grave and learned men, the paper and the letter rare, and faire every way of the beste, but now the paper is nought, the composers boyes, and the correctors unlearned."

It is said that nine copies of the book survived King Charles' order, making them extremely rare.

The Daily Mail expects that the Bible will sell for £15,000 at an auction on November 11 at Bonhams in London.

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