Son of man!
The house of Israel!
Say to them!
‘Thus says Yahweh God!
In this again,
They dealt treacherously
Yahweh once again told Ezekiel to speak to the house of Israel. He wanted Ezekiel to tell them that their ancestors had blasphemed him. They had treated him treacherously. Their ancestors were not good people.
“Woe to you!
You yourself have not been destroyed!
You treacherous one!
With whom no one has dealt treacherously!
When you have ceased to destroy,
You will be destroyed.
When you have stopped dealing treacherously,
You will be dealt with treacherously.”
This section seems to be a later addition of prayers led by a prophet in the various religious services. The prophetic term destroyer here refers to Babylon. Although it has not yet been destroyed, it will be. No has dealt treacherously with them, but they have dealt treacherously with others. The destroying days of Babylon are numbered. They will be dealt with treacherously.
Come to my help!
God of hosts!
God of Israel!
Punish all the nations!
Spare none of those
Who treacherously plot evil!”
David wanted to wake up Yahweh. This is a direct appeal for help. He wanted the God of hosts, the God of Israel, to see and punish all the other nations. None were to be spared. Anyone who was treacherously plotting evil should be punished without exception. This section ends with a melodic musical interlude meditative pause, Selah.
“Trypho dealt treacherously with the young king Antiochus. He killed him. He became king in his place. He put on the crown of Asia. He brought great calamity on the land.”
About 142 BCE, Trypho killed Antiochus VI, who would have been only about 7 years old and had ruled from 145 BCE, when he was about 4 years old. Obviously, Trypho had been doing everything, as indicated in the previous chapter. He just wanted to get rid of the young child. He put the crown of Asia on his head. Thus bad things were going to happen to him since obviously he could not claim any royal blood in his family.