Thursday, April 12, 2012

Bible Bloopers!

Anyone who writes regularly knows how frustrating typos can be, but imagine screwing up the most important book in your life, the very word of God!  So, fellow bloggers, take a look at some of my favorite bloopers from actual printed Bibles, and feel a little better about that last "form" which was supposed to be "from."
  • Psalms 91:5 - “Thou shall not nede to be afrayed for eny bugges by night” - Myles Coverdale's Bible 1535  That's Middle English, where "bugges" meant "haunting ghosts" as opposed to mosquitoes, but either is pretty funny today.
  • Matthew 5:9 - "Blessed are the placemakers: for they shall be called the children of God" - Geneva Bible, Second Edition  Placemakers, peacemakers, close enough, right?
  • Chapter heading for Luke 21 - "Christ condemneth the poor widow" - Geneva Bible, Second Edition  Oh, you meant commend, not condemn.  My bad.
  • Psalm 119:161 - "Printers have persecuted me without a cause" - King James 1612  Pesky printers, always persecuting you, and running out of toner too.
  • Exodus 20:14 - "Thou shalt commit adultery." - King James 1631  Now that is really a liberal interpretation!
  • I Corinthians 6:9 - "Know ye not that the unrighteous shall inherit the kingdom of God?..." - King James 1653  That's right.  The righteous get it first, then the unrightous inherit it form them.
  • John 8:11 - "Go and sin on more" - King James 1716  Keep up the good work!  Just try not to get caught in the middle of the act of adultery next time.
  • Psalm 14:1 - "the fool hath said in his heart there is a God" - King James 1763  That's what I've been trying to tell you!
  • Matthew 13:43 - "...Who has ears to ear, let him hear." - King James 1810  I'm all ears!


  1. Funny -- -your source for these? Or do you just read a lot of Bibles.

  2. Ha! I wish I had that kind of time, but I probably wouldn't spend it on different Bibles. ;-)

    I just happened to bump into the Bible errata page on Wikipedia recently -

  3. Bugges by night? I guess they didn't have mosquito netting back in the day.

    "Printers have persecuted me without a cause"

    Ah! Leaders hated the media even back THEN!

  4. Indeed, Ahab, hatred of the elitist media is a longstanding, proud, and even Biblical tradition! ;-)