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MAHER-SHALAL-HASH-BAZ (mā'hēr-shāl'āl-hāsh'băz, the spoil speeds, the prey hastens). This phrase was written down by Isaiah and officially recorded by witnesses according to God’s direction. Later when the prophet’s second son was born the Lord told Isaiah to give him this phrase as a name. It was a sign that Samaria would be carried away before the child would be old enough to talk (Isa.8.1, Isa.8.3).

MAHER-SHALAL-HASH-BAZ mā’ ər shăl’ əl hăsh’ băz (מַהֵ֥ר שָׁלָ֖ל חָ֥שׁ בַּֽז, the spoil speeds, the prey hastes, Isa 8:1 RSVmg.). A symbolic name given to one of Isaiah’s sons to signify the speedy destruction of Rezin and Pekah by the king of Assyria (Isa 8:1, 3).

International Standard Bible Encyclopedia (1915)

Asymbolic name given to Isaiah’s son to signify the sharp destruction of Rezin and Pekah by the Assyrian power (Isa 8:1,3). Compare the Greek idea of Nemesis.