Verse 17. "So will I send upon you famine and evil beasts, and they shall bereave thee" - Wild beasts always multiply in depopulated countries. In England, wolves abounded when the country was thinly peopled, it is now full of inhabitants, and there is not one wolf in the land. Nebuchadnezzar and his Chaldeans may be called here evil beasts. He is often compared to a lion, Jer. iv. 7; Dan. vii. 14; on account of the ravages made by him and his Chaldean armies.