24 She went out and said to her mother, "What shall I ask for?" "The head of John the Baptist," she answered.
24 And she went forth, and said unto her mother, What shall I ask? And she said, The head of John the Baptist.
24 And she went out and said to her mother, "For what should I ask?" And she said, "The head of John the Baptist."
24 She went back to her mother and said, "What should I ask for?" "Ask for the head of John the Baptizer."
24 So she went out and said to her mother, "What shall I ask?" And she said, "The head of John the Baptist!"
24 She went out and asked her mother, "What should I ask for?" Her mother told her, "Ask for the head of John the Baptist!"
Matthew Henry's Commentary on Mark 6:24
Commentary on Mark 6:14-29
(Read Mark 6:14-29)
Herod feared John while he lived, and feared him still more when he was dead. Herod did many of those things which John in his preaching taught him; but it is not enough to do many things, we must have respect to all the commandments. Herod respected John, till he touched him in his Herodias. Thus many love good preaching, if it keep far away from their beloved sin. But it is better that sinners persecute ministers now for faithfulness, than curse them eternally for unfaithfulness. The ways of God are unsearchable; but we may be sure he never can be at a loss to repay his servants for what they endure or lose for his sake. Death could not come so as to surprise this holy man; and the triumph of the wicked was short.