Dorcas Restored to Life

At Joppa there was a certain disciple named Tabitha, which is translated Dorcas. This woman was full of good works and charitable deeds which she did. 37 But it happened in those days that she became sick and died. When they had washed her, they laid her in an upper room. 38 And since Lydda was near Joppa, and the disciples had heard that Peter was there, they sent two men to him, imploring him not to delay in coming to them. 39 Then Peter arose and went with them. When he had come, they brought him to the upper room. And all the widows stood by him weeping, showing the tunics and garments which Dorcas had made while she was with them. 40 But Peter put them all out, and knelt down and prayed. And turning to the body he said, “Tabitha, arise.” And she opened her eyes, and when she saw Peter she sat up. 41 Then he gave her his hand and lifted her up; and when he had called the saints and widows, he presented her alive. 42 And it became known throughout all Joppa, and many believed on the Lord. 43 So it was that he stayed many days in Joppa with Simon, a tanner. — Acts 9:36-43.

A certain disciple named Tabitha [Dorcas], resided at Joppa. She was full of good works and charitable deeds. She becomes sick and dies. Other disciples wash her and lay her in an upper room. Lydda is near Joppa. When the disciples hear that Peter is there, they send two men, imploring him to hasten to them. Peter comes to Joppa. He is taken to the upper room. All the widows stand by him weeping, showing the dresses which Dorcas had made for them. But Peter puts them all out, and kneels down and prays. Then he turns to the body and tells it to arise. She opens her eyes and sits up. He lifts her up by the hand, calls the saints and widows, and presents her alive. This miracle becomes known throughout all Joppa. Many believe on the Lord. Peter stays in Joppa many days with Simon, a tanner.

Scripture taken from the New King James Version®. Copyright © 1982 by Thomas Nelson. Used by permission. All rights reserved.

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