1 The words of Kohelet son of David, king in Yerushalayim.
div-RAY ko-HE-let ben da-VID ME-lekh bee-ru-sha-LA-im
א דִּבְרֵי קֹהֶלֶת בֶּן־דָּוִד מֶלֶךְ בִּירוּשָׁלָ ִם׃
1:1 King in Yerushalayim
Kohelet, the Hebrew name of this book, is a title given to King Shlomo. Although he was king of all of Israel, the wisest of all men is called the “king in Yerushalayim” since Yerushalayim is known as a city of wisdom and a place that lends itself to deeper understanding. Furthermore, many sages resided in Yerushalayim, the political and spiritual capital of the united Kingdom of Israel. King Shlomo wants to add validity to his work by emphasizing that the observations recorded here were analyzed and approved by the wise residents of Jerusalem.