“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.”
King James Version (KJV)
14:9 And the king was sorry - Knowing that John was a good man. Yet for the oath's sake - So he murdered an innocent man from mere tenderness of conscience.
Mt 14:9 The king was sorry. The Greek word "lupeo", thus translated is very strong, and denotes a very great grief, and sorrow. For the oath's sake, and them which sat eating with him. It was not so much his regard for the oath which he had taken, but his shrinking from the taunt of the guests, if they should see him draw back from his plighted word.