'Youth' in the Bible
The Lord smelled the soothing aroma; and the Lord said to Himself, “I will never again curse the ground on account of man, for the intent of man’s heart is evil from his youth; and I will never again destroy every living thing, as I have done.
These are the records of the generations of Jacob.Joseph, when seventeen years of age, was pasturing the flock with his brothers while he was still a youth, along with the sons of Bilhah and the sons of Zilpah, his father’s wives. And Joseph brought back a bad report about them to their father.
Now a Hebrew youth was with us there, a servant of the captain of the bodyguard, and we related them to him, and he interpreted our dreams for us. To each one he interpreted according to his own dream.
Now they were seated before him, the firstborn according to his birthright and the youngest according to his youth, and the men looked at one another in astonishment.
you shall say, ‘Your servants have been keepers of livestock from our youth even until now, both we and our fathers,’ that you may live in the land of Goshen; for every shepherd is loathsome to the Egyptians.”
But if a priest’s daughter becomes a widow or divorced, and has no child and returns to her father’s house as in her youth, she shall eat of her father’s food; but no layman shall eat of it.
Then Joshua the son of Nun, the attendant of Moses from his youth, said, “Moses, my lord, restrain them.”
“Also if a woman makes a vow to the Lord, and binds herself by an obligation in her father’s house in her youth,
These are the statutes which the Lord commanded Moses, as between a man and his wife, and as between a father and his daughter, while she is in her youth in her father’s house.
And he captured a youth from Succoth and questioned him. Then the youth wrote down for him the princes of Succoth and its elders, seventy-seven men.
So he said to Jether his firstborn, “Rise, kill them.” But the youth did not draw his sword, for he was afraid, because he was still a youth.
Now, here is the king walking before you, but I am old and gray, and behold my sons are with you. And I have walked before you from my youth even to this day.
Then Saul said to David, “You are not able to go against this Philistine to fight with him; for you are but a youth while he has been a warrior from his youth.”
When the Philistine looked and saw David, he disdained him; for he was but a youth, and ruddy, with a handsome appearance.
The king said, “You inquire whose son the youth is.”
But if I say to the youth, ‘Behold, the arrows are beyond you,’ go, for the Lord has sent you away.
Now therefore arise, go out and speak kindly to your servants, for I swear by the Lord, if you do not go out, surely not a man will pass the night with you, and this will be worse for you than all the evil that has come upon you from your youth until now.”
It will come about when I leave you that the Spirit of the Lord will carry you where I do not know; so when I come and tell Ahab and he cannot find you, he will kill me, although I your servant have feared the Lord from my youth.
For in the eighth year of his reign while he was still a youth, he began to seek the God of his father David; and in the twelfth year he began to purge Judah and Jerusalem of the high places, the Asherim, the carved images and the molten images.
“For You write bitter things against meAnd make me to inherit the iniquities of my youth.
(But from my youth he grew up with me as with a father,And from infancy I guided her),
Let his flesh become fresher than in youth,Let him return to the days of his youthful vigor;
“They die in youth,And their life perishes among the cult prostitutes.
Do not remember the sins of my youth or my transgressions;According to Your lovingkindness remember me,For Your goodness’ sake, O Lord.
For You are my hope;O Lord God, You are my confidence from my youth.
O God, You have taught me from my youth,And I still declare Your wondrous deeds.
I was afflicted and about to die from my youth on;I suffer Your terrors; I am overcome.
You have shortened the days of his youth;You have covered him with shame. Selah.
Who satisfies your years with good things,So that your youth is renewed like the eagle.
Your people will volunteer freely in the day of Your power;In holy array, from the womb of the dawn,Your youth are to You as the dew.
Like arrows in the hand of a warrior,So are the children of one’s youth.
A Song of Ascents.“Many times they have persecuted me from my youth up,”Let Israel now say,
“Many times they have persecuted me from my youth up;Yet they have not prevailed against me.
Let our sons in their youth be as grown-up plants,And our daughters as corner pillars fashioned as for a palace;
To give prudence to the naive,To the youth knowledge and discretion,
That leaves the companion of her youthAnd forgets the covenant of her God;
Let your fountain be blessed,And rejoice in the wife of your youth.
Remember also your Creator in the days of your youth, before the evil days come and the years draw near when you will say, “I have no delight in them”;
And the people will be oppressed,Each one by another, and each one by his neighbor;The youth will storm against the elderAnd the inferior against the honorable.
“Stand fast now in your spellsAnd in your many sorceriesWith which you have labored from your youth;Perhaps you will be able to profit,Perhaps you may cause trembling.
“So have those become to you with whom you have labored,Who have trafficked with you from your youth;Each has wandered in his own way;There is none to save you.
“Fear not, for you will not be put to shame;And do not feel humiliated, for you will not be disgraced;But you will forget the shame of your youth,And the reproach of your widowhood you will remember no more.
“For the Lord has called you,Like a wife forsaken and grieved in spirit,Even like a wife of one’s youth when she is rejected,”Says your God.
“No longer will there be in it an infant who lives but a few days,Or an old man who does not live out his days;For the youth will die at the age of one hundredAnd the one who does not reach the age of one hundredWill be thought accursed.
Then I said, “Alas, Lord God!Behold, I do not know how to speak,Because I am a youth.”
But the Lord said to me,“Do not say, ‘I am a youth,’Because everywhere I send you, you shall go,And all that I command you, you shall speak.
“Go and proclaim in the ears of Jerusalem, saying, ‘Thus says the Lord,“I remember concerning you the devotion of your youth,The love of your betrothals,Your following after Me in the wilderness,Through a land not sown.
“Have you not just now called to Me,‘My Father, You are the friend of my youth?
“But the shameful thing has consumed the labor of our fathers since our youth, their flocks and their herds, their sons and their daughters.
Let us lie down in our shame, and let our humiliation cover us; for we have sinned against the Lord our God, we and our fathers, from our youth even to this day. And we have not obeyed the voice of the Lord our God.”
“I spoke to you in your prosperity;But you said, ‘I will not listen!’This has been your practice from your youth,That you have not obeyed My voice.
‘For after I turned back, I repented;And after I was instructed, I smote on my thigh;I was ashamed and also humiliatedBecause I bore the reproach of my youth.’
Indeed the sons of Israel and the sons of Judah have been doing only evil in My sight from their youth; for the sons of Israel have been only provoking Me to anger by the work of their hands,” declares the Lord.
“Moab has been at ease since his youth;He has also been undisturbed, like wine on its dregs,And he has not been emptied from vessel to vessel,Nor has he gone into exile.Therefore he retains his flavor,And his aroma has not changed.
And with you I shatter man and woman,And with you I shatter old man and youth,And with you I shatter young man and virgin,
It is good for a man that he should bearThe yoke in his youth.
But I said, “Ah, Lord God! Behold, I have never been defiled; for from my youth until now I have never eaten what died of itself or was torn by beasts, nor has any unclean meat ever entered my mouth.”
Besides all your abominations and harlotries you did not remember the days of your youth, when you were naked and bare and squirming in your blood.
Because you have not remembered the days of your youth but have enraged Me by all these things, behold, I in turn will bring your conduct down on your own head,” declares the Lord God, “so that you will not commit this lewdness on top of all your other abominations.
“Nevertheless, I will remember My covenant with you in the days of your youth, and I will establish an everlasting covenant with you.
and they played the harlot in Egypt. They played the harlot in their youth; there their breasts were pressed and there their virgin bosom was handled.
She did not forsake her harlotries from the time in Egypt; for in her youth men had lain with her, and they handled her virgin bosom and poured out their lust on her.
Yet she multiplied her harlotries, remembering the days of her youth, when she played the harlot in the land of Egypt.
Thus you longed for the lewdness of your youth, when the Egyptians handled your bosom because of the breasts of your youth.
“Then I will give her her vineyards from there,And the valley of Achor as a door of hope.And she will sing there as in the days of her youth,As in the day when she came up from the land of Egypt.
When Israel was a youth I loved him,And out of Egypt I called My son.
Wail like a virgin girded with sackclothFor the bridegroom of her youth.
but he will say, ‘I am not a prophet; I am a tiller of the ground, for a man sold me as a slave in my youth.’
Yet you say, ‘For what reason?’ Because the Lord has been a witness between you and the wife of your youth, against whom you have dealt treacherously, though she is your companion and your wife by covenant.
But not one has done so who has a remnant of the Spirit. And what did that one do while he was seeking a godly offspring? Take heed then to your spirit, and let no one deal treacherously against the wife of your youth.
And he said to Him, “Teacher, I have kept all these things from my youth up.”
And he said, “All these things I have kept from my youth.”