The Bible in Its Traditions

Acts of the Apostles 9:36–43

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36  Now in Joppa there was a certain disciple named Tabitha, which, translated, means Dorcas. This [woman] was full of good works and charitable giving which she was doing.

36  Now there was in the city of Joppa a woman disciple called TabÆi-tha, which means gazelle and interpreted Dorcas; she was rich in good works and in charitable acts.

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37  But it came about in those days that she became ill and died; and they washed her, and put [her] in an upper room.

37  And it came to pass in those days, that she fell sick, and died: and when they had washed her, they laid her in an upper chamber.

37  And it happened that, in those days, she became ill and died. And when they had washed her, they laid her in an upper room.

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38  Now since Lydda was near Joppa, the disciples, having heard that Peter was in Joppa, sent to him, urging him not to delay in coming to them.

38  And the disciples heard that Simon Peter was in the city of LydÆda, which is beside Joppa; they sent to him two men, desiring him to come to them without delay.

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39  And arising, Peter went with them. When he arrived, they took him into the upper room, and all the widows stood beside him weeping, showing [him ]tunics and cloaks which Dorcas was making, [while ]she was with them.

39  Then Peter, rising up, went with them. And when he had arrived, they led him to an upper room. And all the widows were standing around him, weeping and showing him the tunics and garments that Dorcas had made for them.

39  Then Simon Peter arose and went with them. And when he had arrived, they took him to the upper room where all the widows were gathered around her weeping and they showed him shirts and cloaks which TabÆitha had given them when she was alive.

40  But Peter, having put them all outside, knelt down and prayed. And turning to the body he said, "Tabitha, arise."And she opened her eyes, and seeing Peter, she sat up.

40  And when they had all been sent outside, Peter, kneeling down, prayed. And turning to the body, he said: “Tabitha, arise.” And she opened her eyes and, upon seeing Peter, sat up again.

40  But Simon Peter put all the people out and knelt down and prayed; then he turned to the body and said, TabÆi-tha, arise. And she opened her eyes, and when she saw Simon Peter, she sat up.

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41  And giving to her his hand, he raised her up; and when he called the saints and the widows, he presented her alive.

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42  And it became known throughout all of Joppa, and many believed on YHWH.

42  And this was known throughout the city and many believed in our LORD.

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43  And he stayed for some time in Joppa with a tanner [named ]Simon.

43  And it came to pass, that he abode many days in Joppa with one Simon a tanner.

43  Peter remained in Joppa many days, staying at the house of Simon Bur-saÆya, the tanner.