Tabitha (Aramaic: טביתא), also known by her Greek name Dorcas (Greek: Δορκάς), was a virtuous disciple of Christ in Joppa (Jaffa). After she became ill and died, disciples urged Peter the Apostle to up to follow them. Peter followed them to the room where Tabitha's body was. Widows shows Peter the clothes that Tabitha made and wept. Peter had them leave the room. Peter prayed and told Tabitha to rise:
Tabitha, arise! Tabitha opened her eyes and sat up. Peter then helped her up and called the saints and widows outside to come in. Peter presented the living Tabitha to them, and news of the miracle spread throughout Joppa, resulting in new believers in Jesus Christ.
Now in Joppa there was a disciple named Tabitha, (which translated into Greek means Dorcas). She was rich in acts of kindness and charity which she continually did. During that time it happened that she became sick and died; and when they had washed her body, they laid it in an upstairs room. Since Lydda was near Joppa, the disciples, hearing that Peter was there, sent two men to him, urging him,Come to us without delay.So Peter got up [at once] and went with them. When he arrived, they brought him into the upstairs room; and all the widows stood beside him, weeping and showing [him] all the tunics and robes that Dorcas used to make while she was with them. But Peter sent them all out [of the room] and knelt down and prayed; then turning to the body he said,Tabitha, arise!And she opened her eyes, and when she saw Peter, she sat up. And he gave her his hand and helped her up; and then he called in the saints (God’s people) and the widows, and he presented her [to them] alive. This became known all over Joppa, and many came to believe in the Lord [that is, to adhere to and trust in and rely on Jesus as Christ and Savior]. And so it was that Peter stayed in Joppa for many days with Simon, a tanner.— Acts 9:36–9:43 (AMP)