“And when he would have put him to death, he feared the multitude, because they counted him as a prophet.”
King James Version (KJV)
14:5 He would have put him to death - ln his fit of passion; but he was then restrained by fear of the multitude; and afterward by the reverence he bore him.
Mt 14:5 He feared the multitude. Mark says he feared John also (Mr 6:20). He no doubt feared John's influence with the multitude.