When the brothers1 learned of this, they took him down to Caesarea2 and sent him off to Tarsus.3
Then the church throughout Judea, Galilee and Samaria4 enjoyed a time of peace. It was strengthened; and encouraged by the Holy Spirit, it grew in numbers,5 living in the fear of the Lord.
As Peter traveled about the country, he went to visit the saints6 in Lydda.
There he found a man named Aeneas, a paralytic who had been bedridden for eight years.
"Aeneas," Peter said to him, "Jesus Christ heals you.7 Get up and take care of your mat." Immediately Aeneas got up.
All those who lived in Lydda and Sharon8 saw him and turned to the Lord.9
In Joppa10 there was a disciple named Tabitha (which, when translated, is Dorcas ), who was always doing good11 and helping the poor.
About that time she became sick and died, and her body was washed and placed in an upstairs room.12
Lydda was near Joppa; so when the disciples13 heard that Peter was in Lydda, they sent two men to him and urged him, "Please come at once!"
Peter went with them, and when he arrived he was taken upstairs to the room. All the widows14 stood around him, crying and showing him the robes and other clothing that Dorcas had made while she was still with them.
Peter sent them all out of the room;15 then he got down on his knees16 and prayed. Turning toward the dead woman, he said, "Tabitha, get up."17 She opened her eyes, and seeing Peter she sat up.