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When you are far from home,
    you feel like a bird
    without a nest.
The sweet smell of incense
    can make you feel good,
    but true friendship
    is better still.[a]
10 Don’t desert an old friend
    of your family
    or visit your relatives
    when you are in trouble.
A friend nearby is better
    than relatives far away.

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Footnotes

  1. 27.9 still: One possible meaning for the difficult Hebrew text of verse 9.