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Maher-shalal-hash-baz (;[1] Hebrew: ? ?‎, Mah?r l?l baz - "Hurry to the spoils!" or "He has made haste to the plunder!") was the second mentioned prophetic-name child in Isaiah chapter 8-9.

Biblical accounts

The name is mentioned twice in the Hebrew Bible and both in the Book of Isaiah chapter 8:[2]

Isaiah 8:1

Moreover the LORD said unto me, Take thee a great roll and write in it with a man's pen concerning Mahershalalhashbaz.[3]

Isaiah 8:3

And I went unto the prophetess; and she conceived and bare a son. Then said the LORD to me, Call his name Mahershalalhashbaz.[4]


The child Maher-shalal-hash-baz is the second prophetic-name child after the birth of Immanuel - traditionally understood as the son of Abi the bride of king Ahaz, i.e., the future king Hezekiah, by many Jewish commentators, or of another woman. The phrases maher-shalal and hash-baz are synonymous, both meaning approximately "quickly to the plunder". The name Maher-shalal-hash-baz is a reference to the impending plunder of Samaria and Damascus by the king of Assyria, Tiglath-Pileser III (734-732 BCE).

Hebrew Transliteration English
ma-h?r quickly
-l?l to loot, spoil, pillage, plunder
? to make haste
baz prey, spoil

This is often counted the longest name (and word) used in the Bible, though a possible longer name-phrase in Isaiah is found in Isaiah 9:6 "called Pele-joez-el-gibbor-abi-ad-sar-shalom"[5][6]

The section is also quoted in the Book of Mormon.[7]

See also


  1. ^ "Book of Mormon Pronunciation Guide" (retrieved 2012-02-25), IPA-ified from «m?´her--sh?l-?l--h?sh´bäz»
  2. ^ Strong's Concordance, Hebrew Word 4122. Maher Shalal Chash Baz. Biblehub
  3. ^ Isaiah 8:1 KJV
  4. ^ Isaiah 8:3 KJV
  5. ^ Joseph Herman Hertz, The Pentateuch and Haftorahs, 1968. "This clearly indicates that the 'crown prince' is the person referred to. pele-joez-el-gibbor-abi-ad-sar-shalom. i.e. Wonderful in counsel is God the mighty, the Everlasting Father, the Ruler of Peace (Rashi and Luzzatto)."
  6. ^ James R. Beck Jesus & personality theory: exploring the five-factor model p11 1999 "When translators come to Isaiah 9:6, they could also leave the name of the promised Messiah in its transliterated state, in which case the name would be even longer than that of Isaiah 8:1: Pele-joez-el-gibbor-Abi-ad-sar-shalom."
  7. ^ 2 Nephi 18:1-4.

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