International Standard Version
8 Like a bird that strays from its nest
is a man who wanders away from his home.[a]
9 Ointments and perfume encourage the heart;
in a similar way, a friend’s advice is sweet to the soul.[b]
10 Never abandon your friend nor your father’s friend,
and don’t go to your brother’s house in times of trouble.
A neighbor who is near is better
than a brother who lives far away.