“And he said unto them, Ye are they which justify yourselves before men; but God knoweth your hearts: for that which is highly esteemed among men is abomination in the sight of God.”
King James Version (KJV)
16:15 And he said to them, Ye are they who justify yourselves before men - The sense of the whole passage is, that pride, wherewith you justify yourselves, feeds covetousness, derides the Gospel, #Lu 16:14|, and destroys the law, #Lu 16:18|. All which is illustrated by a terrible example. Ye justify yourselves before men - Ye think yourselves righteous, and persuade others to think you so.
Lu 16:15 Is abomination. Man exalts wealth, but the love of wealth, "the root of all evil" (1Ti 6:10), is "an abomination in the sight of God" (Lu 16:15).