If I deny G-d access to my thoughts. Would He read it anyway?

For G-d, Are my thoughts publics by default?

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    I don't think it works that way. Hashem is beyond time so before you even existed He "knew" your thoughts.
    – robev
    Commented Jun 19, 2022 at 20:01
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    G-d is all-powerful. We can't deny Him anything.
    – N.T.
    Commented Jun 19, 2022 at 20:07
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    One of the 13 Principles of Faith from Maimonides is that G-d knows all of our thoughts and actions.
    – Esther
    Commented Jun 20, 2022 at 1:23
  • How do you "deny" access?
    – Yoreinu
    Commented Jun 22, 2022 at 12:20

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In Vayikra 25:17 it says:

You shall not therefore defraud one another; but thou shalt fear thy G-d: for I am the L-rd your G-d.

On this pasuk, Rashi explains the proper way to answering someone who says “Who knows whether I had any intention to do him evil?”. Rashi says:

Scripture therefore states: “but thou shalt fear thy G-d”! — He Who knows men’s thoughts, He knows it! In all cases where it is a matter of conscience (more lit., a matter handed over to the heart), when no one knows the truth except the one who has the thought in his heart, Scripture always states: “but be afraid of thy G-d”! (emphasis mine)

G-d is the One "Who knows men’s thoughts".

Also, in Tehillim 94:11, David HaMelech writes:

G-d knows the thoughts of humankind; that they are nothing.

See also the commentary of the Radak on this pasuk in Tehillim.

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