This book is called "Ecclesiastes" or "The Preacher" because in it, Solomon is represented as an excellent preacher, setting forth the vanity of the things of this world: to withdraw the hearts and affections of men from such empty joys.
1. The vanity of all temporal things. Everything is meaningless.
2. Pleasures, riches, and worldy labours are all meaningless. Ecclesiastes 2:1-26.
3. Man depends on Gods providence. "There is a time for everything". All are subject to death. Ecclesiastes 3:1-22.
4. Other instances of human misery. Oppression, Toil, Friendlesness. Advancement is meaningless. Ecclesiastes 4:1-16.
5. Laws concerning worship. Ecclesiastes 5:1-20.
6. The misery of the covetous man. Ecclesiastes 6:1-12.
7. Various laws concerning wisdom. Ecclesiastes 7:1-12.
8. Uncertainty concerning the future. Ecclesiastes 7:13-29.
9. Submission to authority. Ecclesiastes 8:1-17.
10. Man and the providence of God. Ecclesiastes 9:1-12.
11. Wisdom better than folly. Ecclesiastes 9:13-18.
12. A collection of proverbs on wisdom and folly, wise sayings and practical advice. "Vanity of vanities!" says the teacher. "Everything is vanity". Ecclesiastes 10:1-20; 11:1-10; 12:1-8.
13. Epilogue: Mans life turns on his attitude to God. There is a judgement when good and evil will be sorted out. Ecclesiastes. 12:9-14.