Q: What does “appeaseth strife” mean in Proverbs 15:18?
Answer: This is one of those questions that can be easily answered by reading the verse in something other than the King James Version. You and I don’t use such words as “appeaseth strife” these days, so it’s natural we should wonder what it means. Check out these other translations of the same verse:
A hot-tempered man stirs up dissension, but a patient man calms a quarrel. (NIV84)
A hot-tempered man stirs up strife, But the slow to anger calms a dispute. (NASB)
A hot-tempered man stirs up strife, but he who is slow to anger quiets contention. (ESV)
So, take your pick: “appeaseth strife” means to calm a quarrel, calm a dispute or to quiet contention.