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As a bird that wanders from her nest,
    so is a man who wanders from his place.

Ointment and perfume rejoice the heart,
    so does the sweetness of a man’s friend by hearty counsel.

10 Do not forsake your own friend or your father’s friend,
    nor go into your brother’s house in the day of your calamity;
    for better is a neighbor who is near than a brother far off.

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The Holy Bible, Modern English Version. Copyright © 2014 by Military Bible Association. Published and distributed by Charisma House.

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