Matthew 14:7
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New International Version
that he promised with an oath to give her whatever she asked.

New Living Translation
so he promised with a vow to give her anything she wanted.

English Standard Version
so that he promised with an oath to give her whatever she might ask.

New American Standard Bible
so much that he promised with an oath to give her whatever she asked.

King James Bible
Whereupon he promised with an oath to give her whatsoever she would ask.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
So he promised with an oath to give her whatever she might ask.

International Standard Version
so much that he promised with an oath to give her whatever she asked for.

NET Bible
so much that he promised with an oath to give her whatever she asked.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
Because of this, he swore an oath to her that he would give her anything that she would ask.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
he swore he would give her anything she wanted.

Jubilee Bible 2000
Whereupon he promised with an oath to give her whatever she would ask.

King James 2000 Bible
So that he promised with an oath to give her whatsoever she would ask.

American King James Version
Whereupon he promised with an oath to give her whatever she would ask.

American Standard Version
Whereupon he promised with an oath to give her whatsoever she should ask.

Douay-Rheims Bible
Whereupon he promised with an oath, to give her whatsoever she would ask of him.

Darby Bible Translation
whereupon he promised with oath to give her whatsoever she should ask.

English Revised Version
Whereupon he promised with an oath to give her whatsoever she should ask.

Webster's Bible Translation
Upon which he promised with an oath to give her whatever she would ask.

Weymouth New Testament
that with an oath he promised to give her whatever she asked.

World English Bible
Whereupon he promised with an oath to give her whatever she should ask.

Young's Literal Translation
whereupon with an oath he professed to give her whatever she might ask.
Parallel Commentaries
Matthew Henry's Concise Commentary

14:1-12 The terror and reproach of conscience, which Herod, like other daring offenders, could not shake off, are proofs and warnings of a future judgment, and of future misery to them. But there may be the terror of convictions, where there is not the truth of conversion. When men pretend to favour the gospel, yet live in evil, we must not favour their self-delusion, but must deliver our consciences as John did. The world may call this rudeness and blind zeal. False professors, or timid Christians, may censure it as want of civility; but the most powerful enemies can go no further than the Lord sees good to permit. Herod feared that the putting of John to death might raise a rebellion among the people, which it did not; but he never feared it might stir up his own conscience against him, which it did. Men fear being hanged for what they do not fear being damned for. And times of carnal mirth and jollity are convenient times for carrying on bad designs against God's people. Herod would profusely reward a worthless dance, while imprisonment and death were the recompence of the man of God who sought the salvation of his soul. But there was real malice to John beneath his consent, or else Herod would have found ways to get clear of his promise. When the under shepherds are smitten, the sheep need not be scattered while they have the Great Shepherd to go to. And it is better to be drawn to Christ by want and loss, than not to come to him at all.

Pulpit Commentary

Verse 7. - Whereupon he promised with an oath to give her whatsoever she would ask.

Gill's Exposition of the Entire Bible

Whereupon he promised with an oath,.... On account of her fine dancing, and being extremely pleased with it himself; and the more, that it gave such pleasure to the whole court: he first promised her,

to give her whatsoever she would ask; and then repeating it, he confirmed it with an oath; adding, as Mark says, that he would give it her, even "to the half of his kingdom": a way of speaking used by princes, when they give full power to persons to ask what they will of them; and to express their great munificence and liberality; signifying, let it be ever so great, or cost what it will, though as much as half a kingdom comes to, it shall be granted; see Esther 5:3. A very foolish promise, and a rash oath these, which were made upon such a consideration, as only a fine dance. If she, as Theophylact observes, had asked for his head, would he have given it her? And if he swore by his head, which was a common form of swearing with the Jews (u), she very appropriately, though unjustly, as Dr. Lightfoot observes, answers to him; as you have swore by your head, give me John Baptist's head.

(u) Misn. Sanhedrim, c. 3. sect 2. T. Bab. Beracot, fol. 3. 1. Derech Eretz, c. 6. fol. 18. 2.



Matthew 14:7 Additional Commentaries
Context
The Beheading of John
6But when Herod's birthday came, the daughter of Herodias danced before them and pleased Herod, 7so much that he promised with an oath to give her whatever she asked. 8Having been prompted by her mother, she said, "Give me here on a platter the head of John the Baptist."…
Cross References
Matthew 14:6
On Herod's birthday the daughter of Herodias danced for the guests and pleased Herod so much

Matthew 14:8
Prompted by her mother, she said, "Give me here on a platter the head of John the Baptist."
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Whereupon he promised with an oath to give her whatever she would ask.

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