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Virgin

Likewise, the context does not help us to understand the meaning in Ps.68.25 and Song.1.3. Prov.30.19 is best taken as a reference to the mystery of sexual attraction leading to courtship and marriage, in which case the ‘almâh is a virgin. In Gen.24.43 and Exod.2.8 the girl is unquestionably a virgin and so also in Song.6.8, where there is a contrast with queens and concubines, i.e., married women. The evidence so far, then, is that ‘almâh is a virgin, not a woman of some indefinite sexual state; and it may be worth mentioning here that ouside of the Bible, as far as is presently known, the cognates of ‘almâh are never used of a married woman. Turning now to bethûlâh, and leaving aside metaphorical uses (such as references to cities and tribes; e.g., Isa.37.22), there are fourteen occurrences that are noncommittal (e.g., Deut.32.25), grouping girls and young men simply as “young people,” without any more implying that the young women are married or unmarried than that the young men