Matthew 14:9
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New International Version
The king was distressed, but because of his oaths and his dinner guests, he ordered that her request be granted

New Living Translation
Then the king regretted what he had said; but because of the vow he had made in front of his guests, he issued the necessary orders.

English Standard Version
And the king was sorry, but because of his oaths and his guests he commanded it to be given.

New American Standard Bible
Although he was grieved, the king commanded it to be given because of his oaths, and because of his dinner guests.

King James Bible
And the king was sorry: nevertheless for the oath's sake, and them which sat with him at meat, he commanded it to be given her.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
Although the king regretted it, he commanded that it be granted because of his oaths and his guests.

International Standard Version
Under pressure because of his promises and his assembled guests, the king ordered that it be done.

NET Bible
Although it grieved the king, because of his oath and the dinner guests he commanded it to be given.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
And it saddened the King, but because of the oath and the guests, he commanded that it be given to her.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
The king regretted his promise. But because of his oath and his guests, he ordered that her wish be granted.

Jubilee Bible 2000
And the king was sorry; nevertheless because of the oath and of those who sat with him at the table, he commanded it to be given her.

King James 2000 Bible
And the king was sorry: nevertheless for the oath's sake, and them who sat with him to eat, he commanded it to be given her.

American King James Version
And the king was sorry: nevertheless for the oath's sake, and them which sat with him at meat, he commanded it to be given her.

American Standard Version
And the king was grieved; but for the sake of his oaths, and of them that sat at meat with him, he commanded it to be given;

Douay-Rheims Bible
And the king was struck sad: yet because of his oath, and for them that sat with him at table, he commanded it to be given.

Darby Bible Translation
And the king was grieved; but on account of the oaths, and those lying at table with [him], he commanded [it] to be given.

English Revised Version
And the king was grieved; but for the sake of his oaths, and of them which sat at meat with him, he commanded it to be given;

Webster's Bible Translation
And the king was sorry: nevertheless for the sake of the oath, and of them who sat with him at table, he commanded it to be given her.

Weymouth New Testament
The king was deeply vexed, yet because of his repeated oath and of the guests at his table he ordered it to be given her,

World English Bible
The king was grieved, but for the sake of his oaths, and of those who sat at the table with him, he commanded it to be given,

Young's Literal Translation
and the king was grieved, but because of the oaths and of those reclining with him, he commanded it to be given;
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 9. - And the king was sorry: nevertheless for the oath's sake; better, and though the king was grieved, yet for the sake of his oaths (καὶ λυπηθεὶς ὁ βασιλεὺς διὰ τὺος ὅρκους κ.τ.λ.). That he was grieved at John's death is a verbal contradiction to ver. 5, but after some weeks' or months' delay psychologically quite possible (cf. note there). Kubel attributes the change to his conscience recoiling when his wish had a sudden chance of being accomplished; or it may be that he still fearest the multitude (cf. ver. 5), and felt anxious lest he should bring about some political disturbance. Oaths; for in making the promise of ver. 7 he would certainly take more than one. And them which sat with him at meat. Had he uttered the promise and the oaths in private, it would have been different, but now there were so many witnesses. Observe that these said nothing to stop him. They were no friends of the enthusiast who was now a prisoner. He commanded it to be given her.

Gill's Exposition of the Entire Bible

And the king was sorry,.... As he might be upon many accounts; partly on account of John, whom, notwithstanding his freedom in reproving him, he had a respect; and partly on his own account, his conscience dictating to him that it was an evil action, and would leave a brand of perpetual infamy upon him; as also on account of the people, who were so much affected to John, lest they should make an insurrection, and rebel against him; and likewise, because it was reckoned an ill omen with the Romans, to take away life on that day they received their own; and therefore carefully abstained, on such days, from executions.

Nevertheless for his oath's sake; that he might not be guilty of perjury, chose rather to commit murder; though it would have been no iniquity in him, to have acted contrary to such a rash promise, and wicked oath; which would have been better to have been broke, than kept;

and them which sat with him at meat; lest he should be thought by them fickle and inconstant, and not a man of his word, and who had no regard to an oath: or it may be, they, either to curry favour with Herodias, or out of ill will they might bear to John; or in great respect to the damsel, who had so well pleased them with her dancing; instead of dissuading him from it, pressed him much to perform his promise: and therefore,

he commanded it to be given her; in the form and manner she requested it. Some have thought, that the whole of this affair was a concerted scheme; and that Herod himself was in it, though he pretended to be sorry and uneasy, having fixed on this season as a convenient time for it; and chose to have it done in this way, and in so public a manner, to lessen the odium of it; or otherwise, it is not easy to account for his extravagant promise, and his punctual performance of it.



Matthew 14:9 Additional Commentaries
Context
The Beheading of John
8Having been prompted by her mother, she said, "Give me here on a platter the head of John the Baptist." 9Although he was grieved, the king commanded it to be given because of his oaths, and because of his dinner guests. 10He sent and had John beheaded in the prison.…
Cross References
Jeremiah 44:25
This is what the LORD Almighty, the God of Israel, says: You and your wives have done what you said you would do when you promised, 'We will certainly carry out the vows we made to burn incense and pour out drink offerings to the Queen of Heaven.' "Go ahead then, do what you promised! Keep your vows!

Matthew 14:8
Prompted by her mother, she said, "Give me here on a platter the head of John the Baptist."

Matthew 14:10
and had John beheaded in the prison.

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

And the king was sorry: nevertheless for the oath's sake, and them which sat with him at meat, he commanded it to be given her.

the king.

Matthew 14:1 At that time Herod the tetrarch heard of the fame of Jesus,

Mark 6:14 And king Herod heard of him; (for his name was spread abroad:) and …

sorry.

Matthew 14:5 And when he would have put him to death, he feared the multitude, …

Matthew 27:17-26 Therefore when they were gathered together, Pilate said to them, …

Daniel 6:14-16 Then the king, when he heard these words, was sore displeased with …

Mark 6:20,26 For Herod feared John, knowing that he was a just man and an holy, …

Luke 13:32 And he said to them, Go you, and tell that fox, Behold, I cast out …

John 19:12-16 And from thereafter Pilate sought to release him: but the Jews cried …

Acts 24:23-27 And he commanded a centurion to keep Paul, and to let him have liberty…

Acts 25:3-9 And desired favor against him, that he would send for him to Jerusalem, …

the oath's.

Numbers 30:5-8 But if her father disallow her in the day that he hears; not any …

Judges 11:30,31,39 And Jephthah vowed a vow to the LORD, and said, If you shall without …

Judges 21:1,7-23 Now the men of Israel had sworn in Mizpeh, saying, There shall not …

1 Samuel 14:24,28,39-45 And the men of Israel were distressed that day: for Saul had adjured …

1 Samuel 25:22 So and more also do God to the enemies of David…

1 Samuel 25:32-34 And David said to Abigail, Blessed be the LORD God of Israel, which …

1 Samuel 28:10 And Saul swore to her by the LORD, saying, As the LORD lives, there …

2 Kings 6:31-33 Then he said, God do so and more also to me, if the head of Elisha …

Ecclesiastes 5:2 Be not rash with your mouth, and let not your heart be hasty to utter …

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