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Hawker's Poor Man's Concordance And Dictionary

Maher-Shalal-Hash-Baz

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In the margin of some of our Bibles, the translators have given the English of this name, as it is of several words, and they render it, making speed to the spoil; or he hasteneth to the prey.

And when we consider that the prophet was commanded to mark the roll of the prophecy then delivered by this name, and also called the child he had by the prophetess by the same name, no doubt the matter became very significant.

I would only detain the reader for one short observation upon it, just to remark, how very earnest the Lord's people were to carry, in the names of their children, continual records of the Lord's providences and dispensation. The prophet's son never heard himself called by this name, but it served to remind every faithful Israelite that heard it, of the Lord's hastening his purposes of redemption. And though the captivity of Babylon lay between, yet the glorious redemption from sin, death, hell, and the grave, by the Lord Jesus Christ, was seen beyond it. Hence faithful men were taken by the prophet to witness the record. (See Isaiah 8:1; Isa 8:3; Psalms 76:4)

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Hawker, Robert D.D. Entry for 'Maher-Shalal-Hash-Baz'. Hawker's Poor Man's Concordance and Dictionary. https://www.studylight.org/dictionaries/eng/pmd/m/maher-shalal-hash-baz.html. London. 1828.

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