(the preacher). The title of this book is in Hebrew Koheleth, signifying one who speaks publicly in an assembly. Koheleth
is the name by which Solomon, probably the author, speaks of himself throughout the book. The book is that which it professes
to be,—the confession of a man of wide experience looking back upon his past life and looking out upon the disorders and calamities
which surround him. The writer is a man who has sinned in giving way to selfishness and sensuality, who has paid the penalty
of that sin in satiety and weariness of life, but who has through all this been under the discipline of a divine education,
and has learned from it the lesson which God meant to teach him.