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In the King James Bible, Matthew 24:7 states:

For nation shall rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom: and there shall be famines, and pestilences, and earthquakes, in divers places.

What does the term 'divers places' mean?

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The Bible is a source where there are a multitude of variations or translations available for comparison online. Bible Gateway is one such site. Here's one that lets you compare side by side. – Sam Apr 7 '11 at 15:05
"Divers alarums and excursions', 'You always put that in plays.' Alarums and what?', said Nanny Ogg, who hadn't been listening. Excursions', said Magrat patiently. Oh.' Nanny Ogg brightened a bit. 'The seaside would be nice,' 'They're not for you. They're only for divers, like it says. Probably so they can recover from all them alarums." — Terry Pratchett (Wyrd Sisters) – mgb Apr 7 '11 at 15:36
Has some one quoted this direct reference? oxforddictionaries.com/definition/english/divers – Kris Nov 3 '12 at 4:34
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Divers is an archaic spelling of diverse, meaning many and varied places, or a lot of different places.


EDIT: A better source confirms here.

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@Billare - Ta for tidying that link up for me! – Robb Apr 7 '11 at 15:03

The word divers is an old spelling of diverse. The phrase divers places just means "many different places".

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