A posing question, put by the wise man, viz. Solomon, to the wisest men concerning making a judgment of the temporal conditions : wherein you have the ignorance of man (in knowing, what is good, or evil, for man in this life) discovered, together, with the mistakes that flow from it : and the great question resolved, viz. whether the knowledg of, what is good for a man in this life, be so hid from man, that no man can attain it
Baxter, Benjamin, Preacher of the Gospel., Baxter, Richard, 1615-1691.

3. Distinction;

  • There is Good that is so
    • Simpliciter
    • Secundum Quid.

1. There is that which is, in it self, and of it self, good; So Riches, and Health, and Honour, are in themselves good, being Blessings of God, and Streams that Issue from that Fountain of Good∣ness that is in him. And so, on the contrary, that are in themselves Evill; as Poverty, Sickness, Crosses, Afflictions, being brought in by Sin.

2. There is that that is good in some respects, et quoad nos, in respect of us. There is Bonum commodum, a convenient good. That may be good in it self, that is not good for us; I mean, a convenient good.

So the Proposition is to be understood of the lat∣ter, not of the former. A man may know what is good in it self, when he may not know what is good for him. A man may know, Riches are good, when yet they may not be a convenient good for him. Agur's Prayer, Prov. 30. 8. was Give me neither Poverty nor Riches, feed me with food Convenient. Though he saw, Riches were in themselves good, yet he question'd whether they were a Convenient good for him; and thereupon desires a middle Estate, between Poverty and Riches. So that, when we Page  7 tell you, No man knowes what is good for man in this life, it is to be understood of a Convenient good.