“bowed down.” The common biblical way of bowing down before people or God was to fall to one’s knees and bow the upper body and face to the earth, as we see in this verse. The word translated “bowed down” is the same Hebrew word as “worship.”
[For more on bowing down, see commentary on 1 Chron. 29:20.]
“and the king kissed Absalom.” A sign of forgiveness and acceptance.