Peter traveled from place to place to visit the believers, and in his travels he came to the Lord's people in the town of Lydda.
There he met a man named Aeneas, who had been paralyzed and bedridden for eight years.
Peter said to him, "Aeneas, Jesus Christ heals you! Get up and make your bed!" And he was healed instantly.
Then the whole population of Lydda and Sharon turned to the Lord when they saw Aeneas walking around.
There was a believer in Joppa named Tabitha (which in Greek is Dorcas a ). She was always doing kind things for others and helping the poor.
About this time she became ill and died. Her friends prepared her for burial and laid her in an upstairs room.
But they had heard that Peter was nearby at Lydda, so they sent two men to beg him, "Please come as soon as possible!"
So Peter returned with them; and as soon as he arrived, they took him to the upstairs room. The room was filled with widows who were weeping and showing him the coats and other garments Dorcas had made for them.
But Peter asked them all to leave the room; then he knelt and prayed. Turning to the body he said, "Get up, Tabitha." And she opened her eyes! When she saw Peter, she sat up!
He gave her his hand and helped her up. Then he called in the widows and all the believers, and he showed them that she was alive.
The news raced through the whole town, and many believed in the Lord.
And Peter stayed a long time in Joppa, living with Simon, a leatherworker.
Scripture quotations marked NLT are taken from the Holy Bible, New Living Translation, copyright 1996. Used by permission of Tyndale House Publishers, Inc., Wheaton, Illinois 60189. All rights reserved. (New Living Translation - The Bible Online)