Joab fell with his face to the ground to pay him honor, and he blessed the king.1 Joab said, "Today your servant knows that he has found favor in your eyes, my lord the king, because the king has granted his servant's request."
Then Joab went to Geshur and brought Absalom back to Jerusalem.
But the king said, "He must go to his own house; he must not see my face." So Absalom went to his own house and did not see the face of the king.
In all Israel there was not a man so highly praised for his handsome appearance as Absalom. From the top of his head to the sole of his foot there was no blemish in him.
Whenever he cut the hair of his head2--he used to cut his hair from time to time when it became too heavy for him--he would weigh it, and its weight was two hundred shekelsa by the royal standard.
Three sons3 and a daughter were born to Absalom. The daughter's name was Tamar,4 and she became a beautiful woman.
Absalom lived two years in Jerusalem without seeing the king's face.
Then Absalom sent for Joab in order to send him to the king, but Joab refused to come to him. So he sent a second time, but he refused to come.
Then he said to his servants, "Look, Joab's field is next to mine, and he has barley5 there. Go and set it on fire." So Absalom's servants set the field on fire.
Then Joab did go to Absalom's house and he said to him, "Why have your servants set my field on fire?6"
Absalom said to Joab, "Look, I sent word to you and said, 'Come here so I can send you to the king to ask, "Why have I come from Geshur?7 It would be better for me if I were still there!" ' Now then, I want to see the king's face, and if I am guilty of anything, let him put me to death."833
So Joab went to the king and told him this. Then the king summoned Absalom, and he came in and bowed down with his face to the ground before the king. And the king kissed9 Absalom.