For my name’s sake will I defer mine anger, and for my praise will I refrain for thee, that I cut thee not off. Behold, I have refined thee, but not with silver; I have chosen thee in the furnace of affliction. For mine own sake, even for mine own sake, will I do it: for how should my name be polluted? and I will not give my glory unto another.
God would end the exile for Judah, not because of their merit, but for His own sake. He had refined them, not like silver in literal fire, but in the furnace of affliction, which was the Babylonian captivity. Now He would restore them for His own name’s sake—a name that had been profaned by them. He would not share the credit for this restoration with their idols.