The Passion Translation
8 Like a bird that has fallen from its nest
is the one who is dislodged from his home.[a]
9 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.