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Like a bird that has fallen from its nest
is the one who is dislodged from his home.[a]
Sweet friendships[b] refresh the soul and awaken our hearts with joy,
for good friends are like the anointing oil
that yields the fragrant incense of God’s presence.[c]
10 So never give up on a friend or abandon a friend of your father—
for in the day of your brokenness[d]
you won’t have to run to a relative for help.
A friend nearby is better than a relative far away.

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  1. Proverbs 27:8 Or “banished from his place.” As translated from the Aramaic.
  2. Proverbs 27:9 Or “counsel.”
  3. Proverbs 27:9 The Hebrew text refers to the sacred anointing oil and the incense that burns in the Holy Place.
  4. Proverbs 27:10 As translated from the Aramaic.