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51:3 Eden. For this “garden of the Lord,” see Gen. 2:8; Ezek. 28:13; 31:8, 9. The promise here is a transformation from curse to blessing.
joy and gladness. In Zion joy will replace sorrow (v. 11). The people in effect will regain the lost paradise of God (9:3; 12:3 and notes).