Acts 9:31–43

The Church Prospers

31 eThen the 7churches throughout all Judea, Galilee, and Samaria had peace and were fedified. 8And walking in the gfear of the Lord and in the hcomfort of the Holy Spirit, they were imultiplied.

Aeneas Healed

32 Now it came to pass, as Peter went jthrough all parts of the country, that he also came down to the saints who dwelt in Lydda. 33 There he found a certain man named Aeneas, who had been bedridden eight years and was paralyzed. 34 And Peter said to him, “Aeneas, kJesus the Christ heals you. Arise and make your bed.” Then he arose immediately. 35 So all who dwelt at Lydda and lSharon saw him and mturned to the Lord.

Dorcas Restored to Life

36 At Joppa there was a certain disciple named 9Tabitha, which is translated 1Dorcas. This woman was full nof 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 oan 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 pput them all out, and qknelt down and prayed. And turning to the body he rsaid, “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, sand many believed on the Lord. 43 So it was that he stayed many days in Joppa with tSimon, a tanner.

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