What is the meaning of וְנַסְתֶּם וְאֵין-רֹדֵף אֶתְכֶם (Leviticus 26:17)?
Literally of course it is simple: "You will flee with no one pursuing you" (Artscroll)
But this punishment does not really "fit" with the rest of the punishments that are in this section. The rest of them are God causing something to happen (everything from enemies, no rain, fruit won't grow, etc) that will impact the Jews, but for this line it seems that something else is going on.
What does it mean to flee with no-one chasing? A plague of paranoia?
References or answer would be appreciated.
Part 2: It also occurred to me that there might be free will implications with causing paranoia, in the sense that if God causes one to be paranoid, then they can no longer exercise all of their options (they are overpowered by fear). How is this issue dealt with?