Book of Ecclesiastes
This Bible book is traditionally attributed to Solomon although some recent Bible critics disagree. The fact that the author identifies himself as a "king over Israel" and a "son of David" shows it to be Solomon because no other son of David ruled over Israel, only over the two-tribe kingdom of Judah. The name of this book is derived from its first sentence where Solomon calls himself "the Qo"he"leth." The Hebrew word Qo"he"leth has to do with an assembly or congregation. Since this word is used in the Bible only once, it is uncertain what its true meaning is. The title of this book in the Greek Septuagint is Ekklesiastes, which means "one who calls an assembly."
In the book of Ecclesiastes, the main emphasis is on the futility of pursuing life without giving proper consideration to the Creator, learning to fear Him. Solomon certainly had not withheld anything from himself in his quest for enjoyment of life but had found that all was vanity and a striving after the wind. Chapters 1-6 deal with the futility of human effort and chapters 7-11 discusses the futility of human wisdom. Chapter 12 contains the formula for keeping one's life from being a "vanity and a striving after the wind" and that is to serve the Creator beginning in one's youth and to continue in His wisdom throughout life.