5817. And it came to pass when we came up unto thy servant my father. That this signifies elevation to spiritual good, is evident from the signification of "coming up," as being elevation, of which presently; and from the representation of Israel, who here is the "father," as being spiritual good from the natural (see n. 4286, 4598). The elevation which is signified by "coming up," is toward interior things, as here from the truths in the natural which are represented by the ten sons of Jacob, to the spiritual good from the natural which is represented by Israel. For there is an exterior and an interior natural (n. 5497, 5649); in the interior natural is the spiritual good which is "Israel," and in the exterior natural are the truths of the church which are the "sons of Jacob." Therefore by "coming up to the father" is signified elevation to spiritual good.