The way of the wicked is an abomination unto the LORD: but he loveth him that followeth after righteousness.
– Proverbs 15:9
This proverb parallels the previous one. The former addressed religious acts and this one the life, or the way. The wicked do not pursue righteousness as the upright do. The way of the wicked is characterized as darkness, proud, and perverting the way of wisdom (Proverbs 4:19; 21:4, 8). Their way is an abomination to God. The word for followeth after means to run after, or pursue. God loves those who pursue righteousness in life and not merely pious rituals (Proverbs 21:21).