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 a room upstairs.
Since Lydda was near Joppa, the disciples, who heard
that Peter was there, sent two men to him with the
request, "Please come to us without delay."
So Peter got up and went with them; and when he arrived,
they took him to the room upstairs. All the widows stood
beside him, weeping and showing tunics and other
clothing that Dorcas had made while she was with them.
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
Meanwhile he stayed in Joppa for some time with a
certain Simon, a tanner.
The LORD is my shepherd, I shall not want.
He makes me lie down in green pastures; he leads me
beside still waters;
he restores my soul. He leads me in right paths for his
Even though I walk through the darkest valley, I fear no
evil; for you are with me; your rod and your staff--
they comfort me.
You prepare a table before me in the presence of my
enemies; you anoint my head with oil; my cup overflows.
Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days
of my life, and I shall dwell in the house of the LORD
my whole life long.
After this I looked, and there was a great multitude
that no one could count, from every nation, from all
tribes and peoples and languages, standing before the
throne and before the Lamb, robed in white, with palm
branches in their hands.
They cried out in a loud voice, saying, "Salvation
belongs to our God who is seated on the throne, and to
And all the angels stood around the throne and around
the elders and the four living creatures, and they fell
on their faces before the throne and worshiped God,
singing, "Amen! Blessing and glory and wisdom and
thanksgiving and honor and power and might be to our God
forever and ever! Amen."
Then one of the elders addressed me, saying, "Who
are these, robed in white, and where have they come
I said to him, "Sir, you are the one that
knows." Then he said to me, "These are they
who have come out of the great ordeal; they have washed
their robes and made them white in the blood of the
For this reason they are before the throne of God, and
worship him day and night within his temple, and the one
who is seated on the throne will shelter them.
They will hunger no more, and thirst no more; the sun
will not strike them, nor any scorching heat;
for the Lamb at the center of the throne will be their
shepherd, and he will guide them to springs of the water
of life, and God will wipe away every tear from their
At that time the festival of the Dedication took place
in Jerusalem. It was winter,
and Jesus was walking in the temple, in the portico of
So the Jews gathered around him and said to him,
"How long will you keep us in suspense? If you are
the Messiah, tell us plainly."
Jesus answered, "I have told you, and you do not
believe. The works that I do in my Father's name testify
but you do not believe, because you do not belong to my
My sheep hear my voice. I know them, and they follow me.
I give them eternal life, and they will never perish. No
one will snatch them out of my hand.
What my Father has given me is greater than all else,
and no one can snatch it out of the Father's hand.
The Father and I are one."