🔼The name Maher-shalal-hash-baz in the Bible
There's only one man named Maher-shalal-hash-baz in the Bible and he is the son of the prophet Isaiah (Isaiah 8:3). YHWH first dictates Isaiah this name and orders him to write it on a tablet (Isaiah 8:1). Then Isaiah's wife gives birth to a son and the Lord commands Isaiah to name him Maher-shalal-hash-baz, because before he would be able to say mom or dad, the wealth of Aram's capital Damascus and the spoil of Israel's capital Samaria would be carried away by the Assyrians.
🔼Etymology of the name Maher-shalal-hash-baz
The name Maher-shalal-hash-baz consists of four elements:
The first part of our name is the adjective or adverb מהר (maher) meaning quickly or speedily:
The second part of our name is probably the noun שלל (shalal), meaning spoil or plunder, from the verb שלל II (shalal II), meaning to plunder:
The third part of our name comes from the verb חוש (hush I), meaning to hurry or hasten:
The fourth part of our name is the noun בז (baz), meaning spoil or booty:
For a meaning of the name Maher-shalal-hash-baz, NOBSE Study Bible Name List reads Spoil Speeds, Prey Hastes. Jones' Dictionary of Old Testament Proper Names has Haste To The Spoil, Quick To The Prey. And BDB Theological Dictionary proposes Swift Is Booty, Speedy Is Prey.