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doleful creatures

doleful creatures in the Bible

(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."

Easton's 1897 Bible Dictionary
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  • We are doleful creatures, and we all have something the matter with us.

    The Outrage Annie Vivanti
  • 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.

    Obiter Dicta Augustine Birrell
  • To our name of Hakpen,” says Stukeley, “alludes ochim, called ‘doleful creatures’ in our translation.

    Ophiolatreia Anonymous
  • Wild beasts of the desert lie there; and their houses are full of doleful creatures; and owls dwell there, and satyrs dance there.

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