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Maher-shalal-hash-baz
        

("hasteth to the spoil, speedeth to the prey".) As Immanuel, Isaiah's (Isaiah 7:14; Isaiah 8:1-4) first son by the virgin, was the sign of Judah's deliverance, so Maher-shalal-hash-baz the second son is the sign of destruction to Judah's enemies, Syria and Samaria. (See IMMANUEL.) Assyria will speedily spoil these. The prophet was to write Maher-shalal-hash-baz in a great roll with a man's pen, i.e. in ordinary characters, large enough for all to read, that after the event its correspondence to the prediction might be seen. Shearjashub (Isaiah 7:3, "a remnant shalt return") was another sign that Judah should not be utterly destroyed, notwithstanding its terrible defeat by Pekah of Israel, and notwithstanding Syria's confederacy with Israel against it (Isaiah 7:17-25; Isaiah 8:6-9).


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Fausset, Andrew Robert M.A., D.D., "Definition for 'Maher-shalal-hash-baz' Fausset's Bible Dictionary".
bible-history.com - Fausset's; 1878.

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