Death brings sadness, but Jesus gives us life and joy.

BibleGateway: Acts 9:32-43

ESV Text: Acts 9:32-43

Acts 9:32–43 (Listen)

The Healing of Aeneas

32 Now as Peter went here and there among them all, he came down also to the saints who lived at Lydda. 33 There he found a man named Aeneas, bedridden for eight years, who was paralyzed. 34 And Peter said to him, “Aeneas, Jesus Christ heals you; rise and make your bed.” And immediately he rose. 35 And all the residents of Lydda and Sharon saw him, and they turned to the Lord.

Dorcas Restored to Life

36 Now there was in Joppa a disciple named Tabitha, which, translated, means Dorcas.1 She was full of good works and acts of charity. 37 In those days she became ill and died, and when they had washed her, they laid her in an upper room. 38 Since Lydda was near Joppa, the disciples, hearing that Peter was there, sent two men to him, urging him, “Please come to us without delay.” 39 So Peter rose and went with them. And when he arrived, they took him to the upper room. All the widows stood beside him weeping and showing tunics2 and other garments that Dorcas made while she was with them. 40 But Peter put them all outside, and knelt down and prayed; and turning to the body he said, “Tabitha, arise.” And she opened her eyes, and when she saw Peter she sat up. 41 And he gave her his hand and raised her up. Then, calling the saints and widows, he presented her alive. 42 And it became known throughout all Joppa, and many believed in the Lord. 43 And he stayed in Joppa for many days with one Simon, a tanner.

Footnotes

[1] 9:36 The Aramaic name Tabitha and the Greek name Dorcas both mean gazelle

[2] 9:39 Greek chiton, a long garment worn under the cloak next to the skin

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KJV Text:

The section starts at about 4:13 and ends at about 6:1

     32 And it came to pass, as Peter passed throughout all quarters, he came down also to the saints which dwelt at Lydda. 33 And there he found a certain man named Aeneas, which had kept his bed eight years, and was sick of the palsy. 34 And Peter said unto him, Aeneas, Jesus Christ maketh thee whole: arise, and make thy bed. And he arose immediately. 35 And all that dwelt at Lydda and Saron saw him, and turned to the Lord.

     36 Now there was at Joppa a certain disciple named Tabitha, which by interpretation is called Dorcas: this woman was full of good works and almsdeeds which she did. 37 And it came to pass in those days, that she was sick, and died: whom when they had washed, they laid her in an upper chamber. 38 And forasmuch as Lydda was nigh to Joppa, and the disciples had heard that Peter was there, they sent unto him two men, desiring him that he would not delay to come to them. 39 Then Peter arose and went with them. When he was come, they brought him into the upper chamber: and all the widows stood by him weeping, and shewing the coats and garments which Dorcas made, while she was with them. 40 But Peter put them all forth, and kneeled down, and prayed; and turning him to the body said, Tabitha, arise. And she opened her eyes: and when she saw Peter, she sat up. 41 And he gave her his hand, and lifted her up, and when he had called the saints and widows, presented her alive. 42 And it was known throughout all Joppa; and many believed in the Lord. 43 And it came to pass, that he tarried many days in Joppa with one Simon a tanner.(KJV)


Hymn: TLH 212 (LSB 493):
A Hymn Of Glory Let Us Sing

Hymnary.org — Organ Audio

1. A Hymn of glory let us sing: 
New songs throughout the world shall ring: 
Alleluia! Alleluia! 
Christ, by a road before untrod, 
Ascendeth to the throne of God. 
Alleluia! Alleluia! Alleluia! Alleluia! Alleluia! 

2. The holy apostolic band 
Upon the Mount of Olives stand; 
Alleluia! Alleluia! 
And with His followers they see 
Jesus’ resplendent majesty. 
Alleluia! Alleluia! Alleluia! Alleluia! Alleluia! 

3. To whom the angels, drawing nigh, 
“Why stand and gaze upon the sky? 
Alleluia! Alleluia! 
This is the Savior!” thus they say; 
“This is His noble triumph-day.” 
Alleluia! Alleluia! Alleluia! Alleluia! Alleluia! 

4. “Again shall ye behold Him so 
As ye today have seen Him go, 
Alleluia! Alleluia! 
In glorious pomp ascending high, 
Up to the portals of the sky.” 
Alleluia! Alleluia! Alleluia! Alleluia! Alleluia! 

5. Oh, grant us thitherward to tend 
And with unwearied hearts ascend 
Alleluia! Alleluia! 
Unto Thy kingdom’s throne, where Thou, 
As is our faith, art seated now. 
Alleluia! Alleluia! Alleluia! Alleluia! Alleluia! 

6. Be Thou our Joy and strong Defense 
Who art our future Recompense: 
Alleluia! Alleluia! 
So shall the light that springs from Thee 
Be ours through all eternity. 
Alleluia! Alleluia! Alleluia! Alleluia! Alleluia! 

7. O risen Christ, ascended Lord, 
All praise to Thee let earth accord, 
Alleluia! Alleluia! 
Who art, while endless ages run, 
With Father and with Spirit One. 
Alleluia! Alleluia! Alleluia! Alleluia! Alleluia!