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Cyclopedia of Biblical, Theological and Ecclesiastical Literature


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The ancients considered youth in a much more extended view than we do. They regarded it relatively with strength, activity, vigor; and while a man retained those attributes he was reckoned a young man, or a youth, without reference to the number of his years. Thus Benjamin is viewed as a mere youth when upwards of thirty years old.. So in Numbers 21:28, Joshua is called a young man when about forty. The word frequently translated in our version young man is בָּחוּר , bachur, from בָּחִר, bachdr, "to choose;" it signifies primarily a choice man one who may be chosen for some particular qualities. (See LAD).

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McClintock, John. Strong, James. Entry for 'Youth'. Cyclopedia of Biblical, Theological and Ecclesiastical Literature. Harper & Brothers. New York. 1870.

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