The way of the wicked is an abomination to the LORD, But He loves him who follows righteousness. (Proverbs 15:9, NKJV). As mentioned with the previous proverb, those who have a shell (façade) of religious piety offer to the Lord only wickedness. These are hypocrites. The openly wicked have more “honor” to them than the hypocrites, for at least all pretense is shunned. In both cases, however, neither one of them are in good standing with the Lord! For those who live in accordance with the righteous way of the Lord, the Lord is on their side, even when they get weak in their walk with Christ.