Do YOU know the origins of SMH?
How do certain expressions start? How do simple phrases, or even text abbreviations, make their way into public understanding or acceptance?
Phrases like: SMH, “shaking my head”….when you are just so amazed at someone’s behavior, their foolishness, their arrogance, or their silliness, you just HAVE to “SMH”!
Now this phrase has recently resurfaced, but did you know that this expression actually goes back to Biblical times? Even OLD TESTAMENT Biblical times? Check out the historical event in Isaiah 37, and specifically verses 21 & 22 in the New Living Translation.
King Sennacherib, whose Assyrian army was sweeping across the Middle East, destroying cites, killing populations and taking prisoners, had gotten as far as Jerusalem and surrounded it. However, he was so arrogant, so off-base in his understanding of the the Holy and True God of Israel, that even the young girls of Jerusalem were “shaking their heads!”
And if you haven’t heard the end of the story, King Sennacherib’s defiant ridicule of the Living God was so obnoxious, that in judgment God sent an angel, ONE angel of his to carry out punishment on the Assyrian army, and overnight, 185,000 soldiers were killed.
The Bible records that the next morning, the King broke camp with the remaining soldiers, and headed home. And archeologists a few years ago discovered an ancient cuneiform cylinder in Iraq, bragging about all the Assyrian conquests….EXCEPT for Jerusalem. It simply says that his army went to Jerusalem, they surrounded it….and THEN they returned home!
That cylinder is actually part of the Scriptorium collection at the Holy Land Experience here in Orlando.
I guess King Sennacherib didn’t want to tell the true DETAILS of that story, huh?!?!!
Soon after that the King was killed by his sons, just as the prophet Isaiah had prophesied.
And THAT is something to SMH about!
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