The curses (Sir 2:12-2:14)

“Woe to timid hearts!

Woe to slack hands!

Woe to the sinners!

They walk a double path.

Woe to the fainthearted!

They have no trust.

Therefore they will have no shelter.

Woe to you who have lost your nerve!

What will you do

When the Lord’s reckoning comes?”

Now we have a series of curses. The timid hearts, the slack hands, and the double path sinners will be cursed. The fainthearted without trust will have no shelter. If you have lost your nerve, you will be cursed. What are you going to do when the Lord comes to render judgment?