Youth The ancients considered youth in a much more extended view than we do. They regarded it relatively with strength, activity, vigor; and while a man retained those attributes he was reckoned a young man, or a youth, without reference to the number of his years. Thus Benjamin is viewed as a mere youth when upwards of thirty years old.. So in Nu 21:28, Joshua is called a young man when about forty. The word frequently translated in our version young man is בָּחוּר , bachur, from בָּחִר, bachdr, "to choose;" it signifies primarily a choice man — one who may be chosen for some particular qualities. SEE LAD.