17 Then the Lord said, "Shall I hide from Abraham what I am about to do?

Other Translations of Genesis 18:17

King James Version

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

English Standard Version

17 The Lord said, "Shall I hide from Abraham what I am about to do,

The Message

17 Then God said, "Shall I keep back from Abraham what I'm about to do?

New King James Version

17 And the Lord said, "Shall I hide from Abraham what I am doing,

New Living Translation

17 "Should I hide my plan from Abraham?" the Lord asked.

Matthew Henry's Commentary on Genesis 18:17

Commentary on Genesis 18:16-22

(Read Genesis 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?