God said “shall I conceal from Abraham what I am doing”? After this rhetorical question, God informs Abraham that He plans to destroy Sodom. Shadal explains that just as one takes counsel from a friend, so too God wanted Abraham to know about this plan. Ramban explains that Abraham had gone to war to save Lot and the King of Sodom, and therefore it was appropriate for Abraham to know that again they were facing destruction. These explanations are similar, God’s “partners and friends” are people like Abraham who help others, and they are worthy of special divine in sight.