8 As a bird passing over from his nest, so is a man that forsaketh his place. (Like a bird passing over its own nest, is a man who is far from his own home.)
9 The heart delighteth in ointment, and diverse odours; and a soul is made sweet by the good counsels of a friend.
10 Forsake thou not thy friend, and the friend of thy father; and enter thou not into the house of thy brother, in the day of thy torment. Better is a neighbour nigh, than a brother afar. (Desert thou not thy friend, or thy father’s friend; and enter thou not into the house of thy brother, on the day of thy torment. For a friend close-by is better, than thy own brother far away.)Read full chapter
New International Version
8 Like a bird that flees its nest(A)
is anyone who flees from home.
9 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.