Acts 9:40 Index
"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."
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" . . . put them all forth . . . "

  • In doing so, Peter was following his Lord's example in the healing of Jairus' daughter (Mark 5:39; Mark 5:40), which he had witnessed. There was the noise of great mourning (Acts 9:39) in the chamber where the body of Dorcas lay. Peter felt the need for silence, in which he could commune with God. Compare Elijah's method with the widow's child (1 Kings 17:17-23), and Elisha's procedure at the raising of the Shuammite's son (2 Kings 4:33). (6BC 243)

" . . . and kneeled down, and prayed . . . "

  • Peter kneels down and engages in earnest prayer, realizing that only divine power can accomplish the desired miracle. Prayer again proves to be the channel through which the early church obtains power (Acts 1:14; Acts 1:24; Acts 6:4; Acts 6:6; Acts 8:15; Acts 9:11; Acts 10:2). The humble, devout, earnest nature of Peter is clearly revealed in this incident (Acts 3:1). (6BC 243)
  • Both in public and in private worship, it is our privilege to bow on our knees before the Lord when we offer our petitions to Him. Jesus, our example, “kneeled down, and prayed” (Luke 22:41). Of His disciples it is recorded that they, too, “kneeled down, and prayed” (Acts 9:40; Acts 20:36; Acts 21:5). Paul declared, “I bow my knees unto the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ” (Ephesians 3:14). In confessing before God the sins of Israel, Ezra knelt (See Ezra 9:5). Daniel “kneeled upon his knees three times a day, and prayed, and gave thanks before his God” (Daniel 6:10). (GW 178)

" . . . turning . . . "

  • After he had prayed and received the inner assurance that his prayer was heard. He realizes his utter dependence on supernatural power, but when assured of its operation he does not hesitate to act. (6BC 243)

" . . . to the body . . . "

  • This leaves no room for doubt concerning the nature of the subsequent miracle. Dorcas was dead (Acts 9:37). Peter turned to her lifeless body. (6BC 243)

" . . . Tabitha, arise . . . "

  • The very brevity of his command shows his unfaltering belief that his prayer would be positively answered. (6BC 243)

" . . . she sat up."

  • Greek "anakathizo," "to sit up," is employed by medical writers to describe a patients sitting up in bed, and by Luke in his Gospel (Luke 7:15). The brief description of Dorcas' restoration is extraordinarily vivid. There is the opening of the eyes, as after sleep; the unexpected sight of Peter, who was probably unknown to her; and the dramatic sitting up of one who had been dead. Such details accord well with Luke's medical interests. (6BC 243)