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Like a bird that strays from its nest,
    is a man who strays from his home.
Oil and perfume make the heart glad,
    but the soul is torn by trouble.[a]
10 Your friend, and your father’s friend, do not forsake;
    and do not go to your brother’s house in the day of your calamity.
Better is a neighbor who is near
    than a brother who is far away.

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Footnotes

  1. Proverbs 27:9 Gk: Heb the sweetness of his friend from hearty counsel

Like a bird that flees its nest(A)
    is anyone who flees from home.

Perfume(B) and incense bring joy to the heart,
    and the pleasantness of a friend
    springs from their heartfelt advice.

10 Do not forsake your friend or a friend of your family,
    and do not go to your relative’s house when disaster(C) strikes you—
    better a neighbor nearby than a relative far away.

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