Mat 14:9 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.
Herod was as sorry a king as they come.
He was an adulterer
He was a people pleaser
He was a drunk
He was complicit in the imprisonment and murder of John the Baptist. He killed the greatest man who ever drew breath.
He was complicit in the death of Christ our Saviour.
Is there any wonder where he is now and what he is doing? And yet, Christ died for his wretched soul also. Had he repented, he would have found forgiveness and pardon.
Herod was a sorry king. Yet, we are sorry sinners in our own right. Our iniquities, like the wind have carried us away. All we like sheep have gone astray, we have turned everyone to our own way, and He hath laid on Him the iniquity of us all. The major difference between the sorry king Herod and the sorry sinners writing and reading this is the cleansing power of the blood of Jesus.