Then Absalom sent for Joab, to send him to the king, but he would not come to him. So he sent word
again a second time, but he would not come.
Therefore he said to his servants, 'See, Joab’s plot is next to mine, and he has barley there; go and set it on fire.' So Absalom’s servants set the plot on fire.
Then Joab got up, came to Absalom at his house, and said to him, 'Why have your servants set my plot on fire?'
Absalom answered Joab, 'Behold, I sent for you, saying, ‘Come here, so that I may send you to the king, to say, 'Why have I come from Geshur? It would be better for me still to be there.'?’ Now then, let me see the king’s face, and if there is guilt in me, he can have me executed.'