Mark 6:26
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New International Version
The king was greatly distressed, but because of his oaths and his dinner guests, he did not want to refuse her.

New Living Translation
Then the king deeply regretted what he had said; but because of the vows he had made in front of his guests, he couldn't refuse her.

English Standard Version
And the king was exceedingly sorry, but because of his oaths and his guests he did not want to break his word to her.

Berean Study Bible
The king was overwhelmed with sorrow, but because of his oaths and his guests, he did not want to refuse her.

Berean Literal Bible
And the king, having been made very sorrowful, on account of the oaths and those reclining with him, did not want to refuse her.

New American Standard Bible
And although the king was very sorry, yet because of his oaths and because of his dinner guests, he was unwilling to refuse her.

King James Bible
And the king was exceeding sorry; yet for his oath's sake, and for their sakes which sat with him, he would not reject her.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
Though the king was deeply distressed, because of his oaths and the guests he did not want to refuse her.

International Standard Version
The king was deeply saddened, yet because of his oaths and his guests he was reluctant to refuse her.

NET Bible
Although it grieved the king deeply, he did not want to reject her request because of his oath and his guests.

New Heart English Bible
And the king was exceedingly sorry, but for the sake of his oaths, and those reclining, he did not wish to refuse her.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
And it grieved The King much, but because of the oath and because of the dinner guests, he was unwilling to deny her.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
The king deeply regretted his promise. But because of his oath and his guests, he didn't want to refuse her.

New American Standard 1977
And although the king was very sorry, yet because of his oaths and because of his dinner guests, he was unwilling to refuse her.

Jubilee Bible 2000
And the king was exceeding sorry, yet for his oath's sake and for the sakes of those who sat with him, he would not reject her.

King James 2000 Bible
And the king was exceedingly sorry; yet for his oath's sake, and for their sakes who sat with him, he would not reject her.

American King James Version
And the king was exceeding sorry; yet for his oath's sake, and for their sakes which sat with him, he would not reject her.

American Standard Version
And the king was exceeding sorry; but for the sake of his oaths, and of them that sat at meat, he would not reject her.

Douay-Rheims Bible
And the king was struck sad. Yet because of his oath, and because of them that were with him at table, he would not displease her:

Darby Bible Translation
And the king, [while] made very sorry, on account of the oaths and those lying at table with [him] would not break his word with her.

English Revised Version
And the king was exceeding sorry; but for the sake of his oaths, and of them that sat at meat, he would not reject her.

Webster's Bible Translation
And the king was exceeding sorry: yet for his oath's sake, and for their sakes who sat with him, he would not reject her.

Weymouth New Testament
Then the King, though intensely sorry, yet for the sake of his oaths, and of his guests, would not break faith with her.

World English Bible
The king was exceedingly sorry, but for the sake of his oaths, and of his dinner guests, he didn't wish to refuse her.

Young's Literal Translation
And the king -- made very sorrowful -- because of the oaths and of those reclining (at meat) with him, would not put her away,
Study Bible
The Beheading of John
25At once the girl hurried back to the king with her request: “I want you to give me the head of John the Baptist on a platter immediately.” 26The king was overwhelmed with sorrow, but because of his oaths and his guests, he did not want to refuse her. 27So without delay, the king commanded that John’s head be brought in. He sent an executioner who went and beheaded him in the prison.…
Cross References
Daniel 6:14
Then, as soon as the king heard this statement, he was deeply distressed and set his mind on delivering Daniel; and even until sunset he kept exerting himself to rescue him.

Matthew 14:9
The king was grieved, but because of his oaths and his guests, he ordered that her wish be granted

Mark 6:25
At once the girl hurried back to the king with her request: "I want you to give me the head of John the Baptist on a platter immediately."

Mark 6:27
So without delay, the king commanded that John's head be brought in. He sent an executioner who went and beheaded him in the prison.
Treasury of Scripture

And the king was exceeding sorry; yet for his oath's sake, and for their sakes which sat with him, he would not reject her.

Matthew 14:9 And the king was sorry: nevertheless for the oath's sake, and them …

Matthew 27:3-5,24,25 Then Judas, which had betrayed him, when he saw that he was condemned, …

Verse 26. - And the king was exceeding sorry. We cannot suppose that this was a pretended grief. The true reason is doubtless to be found in the relentless animosity of Herodias. Herod must have known well that he could not be bound by his oath in reference to a petition so unreasonable and so iniquitous. Nevertheless he thought that "the words of a king were law." St. Augustine says, "The girl dances; the mother rages. A rash oath is made amidst the excitement and the voluptuous indulgence of the feast; and the savage desires of Herodias are fulfilled." For the sake of his oaths (διὰ τοὺς ὅρκους); the plural shows that he repeated the rash promise once and again. And the king was exceeding sorry,.... See Gill on Matthew 14:9.

yet for his oath's sake, and for their sakes which sat with him; as Matthew adds, "at meat", Matthew 14:9; for it seems as if supper was not over, when all this was transacting.

He would not reject her; deny her her request, or send her away without granting it which could not be without grieving her, and treating her with contempt, and defrauding her of the promise; all which ideas are expressed by some versions. 26. And the king was exceeding sorry—With his feelings regarding John, and the truths which so told upon his conscience from that preacher's lips, and after so often and carefully saving him from his paramour's rage, it must have been very galling to find himself at length entrapped by his own rash folly.

yet for his oath's sake—See how men of no principle, but troublesome conscience, will stick at breaking a rash oath, while yielding to the commission of the worst crimes!

and for their sakes which sat with him—under the influence of that false shame, which could not brook being thought to be troubled with religious or moral scruples. To how many has this proved a fatal snare!

he would not reject her.6:14-29 Herod feared John while he lived, and feared him still more when he was dead. Herod did many of those things which John in his preaching taught him; but it is not enough to do many things, we must have respect to all the commandments. Herod respected John, till he touched him in his Herodias. Thus many love good preaching, if it keep far away from their beloved sin. But it is better that sinners persecute ministers now for faithfulness, than curse them eternally for unfaithfulness. The ways of God are unsearchable; but we may be sure he never can be at a loss to repay his servants for what they endure or lose for his sake. Death could not come so as to surprise this holy man; and the triumph of the wicked was short.
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