Can someone help me translate the following verse (Joel 1:8). I have very limited hebrew but i would like to know the word used in hebrew. The word maiden / virgin. (Almah / Betulah)
ח. אֱלִי כִּבְתוּלָה חֲגֻרַת שַׂק עַל בַּעַל נְעוּרֶיהָ:
Lament like a virgin girded with sackcloth for the husband of her youth.
I use The Stone Edition
Lament like a maiden girded with sackcloth for the husband of her youth!
My wife asked me this question as to why virgin would have a husband. Or why the writer chose that word. My assumption is that, they are engaged to be married but don't "know each other" yet.
maid·en A girl or young woman, esp. an unmarried one.
Thank you for your help.