All ye beasts of the field, come to devour, yea, all ye beasts in the forest. His watchmen are blind: they are all ignorant, they are all dumb dogs, they cannot bark; sleeping, lying down, loving to slumber. Yea, they are greedy dogs which can never have enough, and they are shepherds that cannot understand: they all look to their own way, every one for his gain, from his quarter. Come ye, say they, I will fetch wine, and we will fill ourselves with strong drink; and to morrow shall be as this day, and much more abundant.
Verse 9 reverts to Israel in her days of rebellion. The nations, beasts, are summoned to chastise a people whose watchmen don’t see the danger. They are described as dumb dogs that don’t bark and warn the people, slumber-loving dreamers, and self-seeking, greedy shepherds. They invite their friends to drink and carouse, not worrying about what may take place tomorrow.