New International Version
The king was distressed, but because of his oaths and his dinner guests, he ordered that her request be granted
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.
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.
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;
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CommentaryClarke's Commentary on the Bible
The king was sorry - He knew John to be a righteous man, and at first did many things gladly which John told him it was his duty to perform: Mark 6:20.
Nevertheless, for the oath's sake - The Oaths, ορκους - he had probably sworn again and again - one sin begets many.
And them which sat with him at meat - Who were probably such as himself, and would have considered it a breach of honor if he had not fulfilled his sworn promise: he therefore commanded it to be given!
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The king was greatly distressed, but because of his oaths and his dinner guests, he did not want to refuse her.
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