The meaning of Ambitious in the Bible
(From International Standard Bible Encyclopedia)
am-bish'-us (philotimeomai, "to be strongly desirous," "strive earnestly," "make it one's aim"): Given as a marginal reading in Romans 15:20 ("being ambitious to bring good tidings"), II Corinthians 5:9 ("We are ambitious, whether at home or absent, to be well-pleasing unto him"), and I Thessalonians 4:11 ("that ye be ambitious to be quiet").
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