Proverbs 15:18
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New International Version
A hot-tempered person stirs up conflict, but the one who is patient calms a quarrel.

New Living Translation
A hot-tempered person starts fights; a cool-tempered person stops them.

English Standard Version
A hot-tempered man stirs up strife, but he who is slow to anger quiets contention.

New American Standard Bible
A hot-tempered man stirs up strife, But the slow to anger calms a dispute.

King James Bible
A wrathful man stirreth up strife: but he that is slow to anger appeaseth strife.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
A hot-tempered man stirs up conflict, but a man slow to anger calms strife.

International Standard Version
The quickly angered man stirs up contention, but anyone who controls his temper calms a dispute.

NET Bible
A quick-tempered person stirs up dissension, but one who is slow to anger calms a quarrel.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
An angry man provokes a brawl, and the patient man reproves a dispute, extinguishing it.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
A hothead stirs up a fight, but one who holds his temper calms disputes.

Jubilee Bible 2000
A wrathful man stirs up strife, but he that is slow to anger appeases strife.

King James 2000 Bible
A wrathful man stirs up strife: but he that is slow to anger quiets strife.

American King James Version
A wrathful man stirs up strife: but he that is slow to anger appeases strife.

American Standard Version
A wrathful man stirreth up contention; But he that is slow to anger appeaseth strife.

Douay-Rheims Bible
A passionate man stirreth up strifes: he that is patient appeaseth those that are stirred up.

Darby Bible Translation
A furious man stirreth up contention; but he that is slow to anger appeaseth strife.

English Revised Version
A wrathful man stirreth up contention: but he that is slow to anger appeaseth strife.

Webster's Bible Translation
A wrathful man stirreth up strife: but he that is slow to anger appeaseth strife.

World English Bible
A wrathful man stirs up contention, but one who is slow to anger appeases strife.

Young's Literal Translation
A man of fury stirreth up contention, And the slow to anger appeaseth strife.
Parallel Commentaries
Matthew Henry's Concise Commentary

15:16,17. Believers often have enough when worldly eyes see little; the Lord is with them, without the cares, troubles, and temptations which are with the wealth of the wicked. 18. He that is slow to anger, not only prevents strife, but appeases it, if kindled. 19. Those who have no heart to their work, pretend that they cannot do their work without hardship and danger. And thus many live always in doubt about their state, because always in neglect of some duty. 20. Those who treat an aged mother or a father with contempt or neglect, show their own folly. 21. Such as are truly wise, study that their thoughts, words, and actions should be regular, sincere, and holy. 22. If men will not take time and pains to deliberate, they are not likely to bring any thing to pass. 23. Wisdom is needed to suit our discourse to the occasions. 24. A good man sets his affections on things above; his way leads directly thither.

Pulpit Commentary

Verse 18. - A wrathful man stirreth up strife (contention). This clause recurs almost identically in Proverbs 29:22 (comp. also Proverbs 26:21 and Proverbs 28:25). He that is slow to anger appeaseth strife (Proverbs 14:29). In the former clause the word for "contention" is madon, in the latter "strife" is rib, which often means "law dispute." It requires two to make a quarrel, and where one keeps his temper and will not be provoked, anger must subside. Vulgate, "He who is patient soothes aroused quarrels (suscitatas)." Septuagint, "A long suffering man appeases even a coming battle."

"Regina rerum omnium patientia." The LXX. here introduces a second rendering of the verse: "A long suffering man will quench suits; but the impious rather awaketh them."

Gill's Exposition of the Entire Bible

A wrathful man stirreth up strife,.... A man of a wrathful disposition, of a furious spirit, of an angry temper; that is under the power and dominion of such a passion, and indulges it, and takes all opportunities to gratify it; he stirs up strife and contention where there was none, or where it was laid; as a man stirs up coals of fire and raises a flame; see Proverbs 26:21. He stirs up strife in families, sets one relation against another, and the house in an uproar; he stirs up contentions in neighbourhoods, and sets one friend and neighbour against another, whence proceed quarrels and lawsuits: he stirs up strife in churches, breaks brotherly love, and causes animosities and divisions; he stirs up strife in kingdoms and states, whence come wars and fightings, confusion, and every evil work;

but he that is slow to anger appeaseth strife: a man of a quiet and peaceable disposition, possessed of the true grace of charity; who is not easily provoked, longsuffering, bears and endures all things; he allays the heat of anger; he quenches the coals of contention; he calms the storm and makes it quiet, as the word (o) signifies; he

"mitigates strifes raised,''

as the Vulgate Latin version renders it; he composes differences, reconciles the parties at variance, and makes all hush and still; and so prevents the ill consequences of contention and strife.

(o) "faciet quiescere", Pagninus, Montanus; "sedat", Mercerus, Michaelis; so Junius & Tremellius, Piscator, Gejerus; "sedabit", Schultens.

Jamieson-Fausset-Brown Bible Commentary

18. (Compare Pr 14:29; 16:32).

Proverbs 15:18 Additional Commentaries
Context
A Gentle Answer Turns Away Wrath
17Better is a dish of vegetables where love is Than a fattened ox served with hatred. 18A hot-tempered man stirs up strife, But the slow to anger calms a dispute. 19The way of the lazy is as a hedge of thorns, But the path of the upright is a highway.…
Cross References
Genesis 13:8
So Abram said to Lot, "Let's not have any quarreling between you and me, or between your herders and mine, for we are close relatives.

Proverbs 14:29
Whoever is patient has great understanding, but one who is quick-tempered displays folly.

Proverbs 15:1
A gentle answer turns away wrath, but a harsh word stirs up anger.

Proverbs 15:19
The way of the sluggard is blocked with thorns, but the path of the upright is a highway.

Proverbs 16:14
A king's wrath is a messenger of death, but the wise will appease it.

Proverbs 16:28
A perverse person stirs up conflict, and a gossip separates close friends.

Proverbs 26:21
As charcoal to embers and as wood to fire, so is a quarrelsome person for kindling strife.

Proverbs 28:25
The greedy stir up conflict, but those who trust in the LORD will prosper.

Proverbs 29:22
An angry person stirs up conflict, and a hot-tempered person commits many sins.

Ecclesiastes 10:4
If a ruler's anger rises against you, do not leave your post; calmness can lay great offenses to rest.
Treasury of Scripture

A wrathful man stirs up strife: but he that is slow to anger appeases strife.

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Proverbs 10:12 Hatred stirs up strifes: but love covers all sins.

Proverbs 26:21 As coals are to burning coals, and wood to fire; so is a contentious …

Proverbs 28:25 He that is of a proud heart stirs up strife: but he that puts his …

Proverbs 29:22 An angry man stirs up strife, and a furious man abounds in transgression.

2 Samuel 19:43 And the men of Israel answered the men of Judah, and said, We have …

2 Samuel 20:1 And there happened to be there a man of Belial, whose name was Sheba, …

James 3:14-16 But if you have bitter envying and strife in your hearts, glory not, …

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Proverbs 15:1 A soft answer turns away wrath: but grievous words stir up anger.

Proverbs 25:15 By long forbearing is a prince persuaded, and a soft tongue breaks the bone.

Genesis 13:8,9 And Abram said to Lot, Let there be no strife, I pray you, between …

Judges 8:1-3 And the men of Ephraim said to him, Why have you served us thus, …

1 Samuel 25:24 And fell at his feet, and said, On me, my lord, on me let this iniquity …

Ecclesiastes 10:4 If the spirit of the ruler rise up against you, leave not your place; …

Matthew 5:9 Blessed are the peacemakers: for they shall be called the children of God.

Acts 6:1-5 And in those days, when the number of the disciples was multiplied, …

James 1:19,20 Why, my beloved brothers, let every man be swift to hear, slow to …

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