Ointment and perfume rejoice the heart: so doth the sweetness of a man's friend by hearty counsel.

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

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Just as lotions and fragrance give sensual delight,
    a sweet friendship refreshes the soul.

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Ointment and perfume delight the heart,
And the sweetness of a man’s friend gives delight by [a]hearty counsel.

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Footnotes

  1. Proverbs 27:9 Lit. counsel of the soul

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