Genesis 18:17
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New International Version
Then the LORD said, "Shall I hide from Abraham what I am about to do?

New Living Translation
"Should I hide my plan from Abraham?" the LORD asked.

English Standard Version
The LORD said, “Shall I hide from Abraham what I am about to do,

New American Standard Bible
The LORD said, "Shall I hide from Abraham what I am about to do,

King James Bible
And the LORD said, Shall I hide from Abraham that thing which I do;

Holman Christian Standard Bible
Then the LORD said, "Should I hide what I am about to do from Abraham?

International Standard Version
"Should I hide from Abraham what I'm about to do," the LORD asked,

NET Bible
Then the LORD said, "Should I hide from Abraham what I am about to do?

New Heart English Bible
The LORD said, "Will I hide from Abraham what I do,

GOD'S WORD® Translation
The LORD said, "I shouldn't hide what I am going to do from Abraham.

JPS Tanakh 1917
And the LORD said: 'Shall I hide from Abraham that which I am doing;

New American Standard 1977
And the LORD said, “Shall I hide from Abraham what I am about to do,

Jubilee Bible 2000
And the LORD said, Shall I hide from Abraham that thing which I do,

King James 2000 Bible
And the LORD said, Shall I hide from Abraham that thing which I do;

American King James Version
And the LORD said, Shall I hide from Abraham that thing which I do;

American Standard Version
And Jehovah said, Shall I hide from Abraham that which I do;

Douay-Rheims Bible
And the Lord said: Can I hide from Abraham what I am about to do:

Darby Bible Translation
And Jehovah said, Shall I hide from Abraham what I am doing?

English Revised Version
And the LORD said, Shall I hide from Abraham that which I do;

Webster's Bible Translation
And the LORD said, Shall I hide from Abraham that thing which I do;

World English Bible
Yahweh said, "Will I hide from Abraham what I do,

Young's Literal Translation
and Jehovah said, 'Am I concealing from Abraham that which I am doing,
Study Bible
Abraham Begs for Sodom
16Then the men rose up from there, and looked down toward Sodom; and Abraham was walking with them to send them off. 17The LORD said, "Shall I hide from Abraham what I am about to do, 18since Abraham will surely become a great and mighty nation, and in him all the nations of the earth will be blessed?…
Cross References
Genesis 18:21
"I will go down now, and see if they have done entirely according to its outcry, which has come to Me; and if not, I will know."

Genesis 18:22
Then the men turned away from there and went toward Sodom, while Abraham was still standing before the LORD.

Genesis 18:26
So the LORD said, "If I find in Sodom fifty righteous within the city, then I will spare the whole place on their account."

Genesis 19:24
Then the LORD rained on Sodom and Gomorrah brimstone and fire from the LORD out of heaven,

Amos 3:7
Surely the Lord GOD does nothing Unless He reveals His secret counsel To His servants the prophets.
Treasury of Scripture

And the LORD said, Shall I hide from Abraham that thing which I do;

2 Kings 4:27 And when she came to the man of God to the hill, she caught him by …

2 Chronicles 20:7 Are not you our God, who did drive out the inhabitants of this land …

Psalm 25:14 The secret of the LORD is with them that fear him; and he will show …

Amos 3:7 Surely the Lord GOD will do nothing, but he reveals his secret to …

John 15:15 From now on I call you not servants; for the servant knows not what …

James 2:23 And the scripture was fulfilled which said, Abraham believed God, …

Verse 17. - And the Lord said (to himself), Shall I hide from Abraham - the LXX. interpolate, τοῦ παιδός μου; but, as Philo observes, τοῦ φιλοῦ μου would have been a more appropriate designation for the patriarch (cf. 2 Chronicles 20:7; Isaiah 41:8; James 2:23) that thing which I do. I.e. propose to do, the present being used for the future, where, as m the utterances of God, whose will is equivalent to his deed, the action is regarded by the Speaker as being already as good as finished (vide Ewald, 'Hebrews Synt.,' § 135; Gesenius, § 126). And the Lord said,.... Either unto Abraham himself, so leading on to what he was about to make known to him; and without supposing this it will be difficult to account for Abraham's intercession for Sodom upon this: or to the two angels with him; not as consulting them whether he should or no do what he next suggests, but to give to them Abraham's just character, and the reasons of his using him in such a friendly manner: or it may be, to the other divine Persons, the Father and Spirit, one with the Son of God, and always present with him:

shall I hide from Abraham the thing which I do? which he was about to do, namely, the destruction of Sodom and Gomorrah: the Jewish writers (a) observe, that these cities were given in the grant of the whole land to Abraham, and therefore it was right to acquaint him with it first: but other and better reasons are given in the next words; Abraham was a friend of the Lord, and he had showed himself friendly to him, not only now, but heretofore, and therefore will treat him as his friend, by imparting his secrets to him.

(a) Targ. Jerus. & Jarchi in loc. 17. the Lord said, Shall I hide—The chief stranger, no other than the Lord, disclosed to Abraham the awful doom about to be inflicted on Sodom and the cities of the plain for their enormous wickedness.18:16-22 The two who are supposed to have been created angels went toward Sodom. The one who is called Jehovah throughout the chapter, continued with Abraham, and would not hide from him the thing he intended to do. Though God long forbears with sinners, from which they fancy that the Lord does not see, and does not regard; yet when the day of his wrath comes, he will look toward them. The Lord will give Abraham an opportunity to intercede with him, and shows him the reason of his conduct. Consider, as a very bright part of Abraham's character and example, that he not only prayed with his family, but he was very careful to teach and rule them well. Those who expect family blessings must make conscience of family duty. Abraham did not fill their heads with matters of doubtful dispute; but he taught them to be serious and devout in the worship of God, and to be honest in their dealings with all men. Of how few may such a character be given in our days! How little care is taken by masters of families to ground those under them in the principles of religion! Do we watch from sabbath to sabbath whether they go forward or backward?
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