5837. And thy servants will make thy servant our father's gray hairs go down in sorrow to the grave. That this signifies that all will be over with the church, is evident from the things unfolded above (n. 5832), where like things are said. That Israel, who is the "father," is here the church, is because spiritual good, which he represents, makes the church in man; insomuch that whether you say "spiritual good," or "the church," it is the same thing, for they cannot be separated. Therefore it is that in the Word, especially in the prophets, "Israel" is the spiritual church.