(occurring only Isa. 13:21. Heb. ochim, i.e., "shrieks;" hence "howling animals"), a general name for screech owls (howlets), which occupy the desolate palaces of Babylon. Some render the word "hyaenas."
We are doleful creatures, and we all have something the matter with us.
Wild animals and doleful creatures had everywhere increased.
The broad walls of Babylon were indeed utterly broken, and her houses were indeed full of doleful creatures.
The world is full of doleful creatures, who move about demanding our sympathy.
To our name of Hakpen,” says Stukeley, “alludes ochim, called ‘doleful creatures’ in our translation.
Wild beasts of the desert lie there; and their houses are full of doleful creatures; and owls dwell there, and satyrs dance there.