5740 virgin
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Generally a young person, especially a female, who has not had sexual intercourse. Virginity is an important quality in a bride, and its surrender or violation prior to marriage is sternly condemned. In the miracle of the incarnation, Mary was still a virgin when Jesus Christ was conceived. Virginity is also used metaphorically to denote purity and innocence.

Virginity is important in a bride

Virgins were sought as brides

Genesis 24:14-16; Songs 4:12 See also Genesis 24:42-45 The word translated “maiden” might also refer to a virgin; Leviticus 21:13-14; Deuteronomy 22:13-19; Esther 2:2,17; Isaiah 62:5; Ezekiel 44:22

The church presented as a virgin bride

2 Corinthians 11:2 See also Ephesians 5:25-27; Revelation 19:7-8

The loss of virginity before marriage

Of a virgin not pledged in marriage

Exodus 22:16-17 See also Deuteronomy 22:28-29; 2 Samuel 13:12-16

Of a virgin pledged in marriage

Deuteronomy 22:20-21 See also Deuteronomy 22:23-24 Betrothal was as serious a commitment as marriage itself; consorting with another person during this period was tantamount to adultery; Deuteronomy 22:25-27; Matthew 1:18-19

Some fathers surrendered their daughters' virginity

Genesis 19:8 See also Judges 19:24

Particular roles involving virgins

Maidens in victory processions

Psalm 68:25; Jeremiah 31:4 See also Exodus 15:20-21; Judges 11:34; 1 Samuel 18:6

Virgins as bridesmaids

Psalm 45:14 See also Matthew 25:1

A virgin looked after King David

1 Kings 1:1-4

Virginity as a sign of purity and innocence

Virgins were spared after military victories

Numbers 31:17-18 See also Judges 21:11-12

Israel's virgin purity lost

Jeremiah 18:13 See also Jeremiah 31:21-23; Ezekiel 23:3-8

Virginity as a metaphor for (apparent) inviolability

2 Kings 19:21 pp Isaiah 37:22; Isaiah 47:1

Lost opportunities of virgin youthfulness

Amos 5:2 See also Judges 11:36-40; Isaiah 23:12; Jeremiah 46:11; Lamentations 1:15-16; Lamentations 2:13; Joel 1:8

Paul's advice about virgins

A virgin is freer to serve God

1 Corinthians 7:32-35 The unmarried have fewer responsibilities and worldly cares and so may offer undivided devotion to God. See also 1 Corinthians 7:25-28

Remaining unmarried is a preferred option

1 Corinthians 7:8,37-38

Marriage is the proper outlet for sexual passion

1 Corinthians 7:9 Though Paul urges abstinence, sexual passion is not wrong; however, sexual relationships must be confined to marriage; 1 Corinthians 7:36

Mary's virginity at Jesus Christ's conception

Matthew 1:20-25 See also Isaiah 7:14; Luke 1:27,34-35

Parable of the ten virgins

Matthew 25:1-13

See also

2515  Christ, birth of
2595  incarnation
5099  Mary, mother of Christ
5659  bride
5736  singleness
6240  rape
6241  seduction
6242  adultery
6243  adultery, spiritual
8204  chastity
8277  innocence
8324  purity

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