בְּתוּלָה betulah "young woman, virgin" unlike na`arah, betulah does imply virginity (Ex 22:16-17; but not definitely so that where the distinction is important it is spelled out as in Gen 24:16), a related noun means "virginity". In Amos at 8:13 "beautiful maids" are linked with bachurim "chosen youths" in 5:2 the expression is "Maid of Israel" (cities and sometimes countries are commonly personified as women in the Ancient Near East).