12The apostles were performing many miraculous signs and wonders among the people. And all the believers were meeting regularly at the Temple in the area known as Solomon’s Colonnade.13But no one else dared to join them, even though all the people had high regard for them.14Yet more and more people believed and were brought to the Lord—crowds of both men and women.15As a result of the apostles’ work, sick people were brought out into the streets on beds and mats so that Peter’s shadow might fall across some of them as he went by.16Crowds came from the villages around Jerusalem, bringing their sick and those possessed by evil spirits, and they were all healed.
32Meanwhile, Peter traveled from place to place, and he came down to visit the believers in the town of Lydda.33There he met a man named Aeneas, who had been paralyzed and bedridden for eight years.34Peter said to him, “Aeneas, Jesus Christ heals you! Get up, and roll up your sleeping mat!” And he was healed instantly.35Then the whole population of Lydda and Sharon saw Aeneas walking around, and they turned to the Lord.36There was a believer in Joppa named Tabitha (which in Greek is Dorcas ). She was always doing kind things for others and helping the poor.37About this time she became ill and died. Her body was washed for burial and laid in an upstairs room.38But the believers had heard that Peter was nearby at Lydda, so they sent two men to beg him, “Please come as soon as possible!”39So 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 clothes Dorcas had made for them.40But 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!41He gave her his hand and helped her up. Then he called in the widows and all the believers, and he presented her to them alive.42The news spread through the whole town, and many believed in the Lord.43And Peter stayed a long time in Joppa, living with Simon, a tanner of hides.