IN THOSE DAYS, as Peter was traveling through those regions, he came also to the saints living in Lydda. There he found a man named Aeneas, who was paralyzed and bedridden for eight years. Peter said to him, “Aeneas, Jesus Christ heals you. Get up and make your bed.” And immediately he got up. And all the residents of Lydda and Sharon saw him and turned to the Lord. Now in Joppa there was a disciple whose name was Tabitha (which in Greek is Dorcas). She was devoted to good works and acts of charity. At that time she became ill and died. When they had washed her, they laid her in an upper room. Since Lydda was near Joppa, the disciples, who heard that Peter was there, sent two men to him, imploring him not to dealy in coming to help them. So Peter got up and went with them. And when he arrived, they took him to the upper room. All the widows stood beside him, weeping and showing tunics and garments that Dorcas had made while she was with them. But Peter put all of them outside, and then he knelt down and prayed. He turned to the body and said, “Tabitha, get up.” Then she opened her eyes, and seeing Peter, she sat up. He gave her his hand and helped her up. Then calling the saints and widows, he showed her to be alive. This became known throughout Joppa, and many believed in the Lord.