I say that reverently . A couple posters ( you know who you are !) referenced this Calvinistic belief . The Lord is jealous for the Honor of His Holy Name . It is certainly sinful for fallen people to be self-centered , but it is wholly good for God to bring glory to Himself . He is the Center -- it is right for Him to be self-centered . Snippets will follow . Ez. 20:9 But for the sake of my name ... Ez. 20:22 ... for the sake of my name Ez. 20:44 ... I deal with you for my name's sake Ez. 36:22 This is what the Sovereign Lord says : It is not for your sake, ... but for the sake of my holy name . Ez. 36:32 I want you to know that I am not doing this for your sake ... Is. 42:8 I am the Lord ; that is my name ! I will not give my glory to another ... Is. 43:7 everyone who is called by my name , whom I created for my glory Is. 43:25 I , even I , am he who blots out your transgressions for my own sake ... Is. 48:11 For my own sake, for my own sake , I do this . How can I let myself be defamed ? I will not yield my glory to another .