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Isaiah 8:1

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A Sign-Child is Born

8:1 The Lord told me, “Take a large tablet 1  and inscribe these words 2  on it with an ordinary stylus: 3  ‘Maher-Shalal-Hash-Baz.’ 4 

Isaiah 8:3

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8:3 I then had sexual relations with the prophetess; she conceived and gave birth to a son. The Lord told me, “Name him Maher-Shalal-Hash-Baz,

1 sn Probably made of metal, wood, or leather. See HALOT 193 s.v. גִּלָּיוֹן.

2 tn Heb “write” (so KJV, ASV, NIV, NRSV).

3 tn Heb “with the stylus of a man.” The significance of the qualifying genitive “a man” is uncertain. For various interpretations see J. N. Oswalt, Isaiah (NICOT), 1:219, n. 1.

4 tn Heb “quickly, [the] plunder; it hurries, [the] loot.” The first word (מַהֵר, maher) is either a Piel imperative (“hurry [to]”) or infinitive (“hurrying,” or “quickly”). The third word (חָשׁ, khash) is either a third masculine singular perfect or a masculine singular participle, in either case from the root חוּשׁ (khush, “hurry”). Perhaps it is best to translate, “One hastens to the plunder, one hurries to the loot.” In this case מַהֵר is understood as an infinitive functioning as a verb, the subject of חוּשׁ is taken as indefinite, and the two nouns are understood as adverbial accusatives. As we discover in v. 3, this is the name of the son to be born to Isaiah through the prophetess.



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