And the king was exceeding sorry; yet for his oath's sake, and for their sakes which sat with him, he would not reject her.
And the king was exceeding sorry,....
See Gill on "Matthew 14:9"
yet for his oath's sake, and for their sakes which sat with him; as Matthew adds, "at meat", Matthew 14:9; for it seems as if supper was not over, when all this was transacting.
he would not reject her; deny her her request, or send her away without granting it which could not be without grieving her, and treating her with contempt, and defrauding her of the promise; all which ideas are expressed by some versions.