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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.

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