17 Assuredly, thus said Hashem: You would not obey Me and proclaim a release, each to his kinsman and countryman. Lo! I proclaim your release—declares Hashem—to the sword, to pestilence, and to famine; and I will make you a horror to all the kingdoms of the earth.
la-KHAYN koh a-MAR a-do-NAI a-TEM lo sh’-ma-TEM ay-LAI lik-RO d’-ROR EESH l’-a-KHEEV v’-EESH l’-ray-AY-hu hi-n’-NEE ko-RAY la-KHEM d’-ROR n’-um a-do-NAI el ha-KHE-rev el ha-DE-ver v’-el ha-ra-AV v’-na-ta-TEE et-KHEM l’-za-a-VAH l’-KHOL mam-l’-KHOT ha-A-retz
יז לָכֵן כֹּה־אָמַר יְהֹוָה אַתֶּם לֹא־שְׁמַעְתֶּם אֵלַי לִקְרֹא דְרוֹר אִישׁ לְאָחִיו וְאִישׁ לְרֵעֵהוּ הִנְנִי קֹרֵא לָכֶם דְּרוֹר נְאֻם־יְהֹוָה אֶל־הַחֶרֶב אֶל־הַדֶּבֶר וְאֶל־הָרָעָב וְנָתַתִּי אֶתְכֶם לזועה [לְזַעֲוָה] לְכֹל מַמְלְכוֹת הָאָרֶץ׃
34:17 You would not obey Me and proclaim a release
With the Babylonian onslaught, the nobility and landowners made a covenant with the people to release all the slaves and workers from their servitude. Once the threat receded temporarily, they reneged on their promise and re-enslaved the poor workers. God declares this injustice intolerable. He freed the Jewish people from Egyptian servitude so that they would dwell as a free nation in the Land of Israel, living up to the highest standards of ethics and morality. However, should they begin to enslave others or engage in other unscrupulous or deceptive behavior, Hashem will give the nations of the world the freedom to strike, and they will once again become slaves to foreigners.