Chapter 1 sucks me into the book every time. I have read this book numerous times and something about chapter 1 connects with my spirit. I think Solomon and I share the same soul.
At the end of chapter 1, he makes a profound statement: “For in much wisdom is much vexation, and he who increases knowledge increases sorrow.”
This is a good word. A true saying. Not to say that someone with a stockpile of knowledge must be a grouch, or a genius must be depressed. It’s just that knowledge has a way of making you more aware. And awareness in a fallen world can bring great sorrow, for you see things as they really are, not as they are marketed or displayed.
Much of chapter 1 reminds me of a Jason Mraz song, “Life is Wonderful,” due to its cyclical observations. In chapter 2, the writer says everything I did felt like I was grasping after the wind. Nothing seemed to have substance or significance. At the end of the chapter, he contrasts the lot of two types of men: 1) the man who pleases God 2) the sinner. I sure am glad God has given me the first lot. Praise Him!
I think you can summarize chapter 3 as “enjoy the work/toil God has given.” In chapter 4, verses 12 and 13 warmed my soul.