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Reader Michael Zorn offers the following paraphrase of Isaiah 8:3:




The Almighty: Isaiah! You’re doing a pretty good job down there. Keep
up
the good work. Meantime, you’re going to have a son.


Isaiah: Oh, thank you, LORD. This is a joy for me, and for my wife,
too. We’re both very happy.


The Almighty: His name is going to be Mahershalalhashbaz.


Isaiah: Oy!


The name, loosely translated, seems to mean “Assyria is going to get its
butt kicked, and pretty soon, too”. Astoundingly, there are actual people
with this name, including a current TV actor, Mr Mahershalalhashbaz Ali.



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