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International Standard Bible Encyclopedia
am -bish´us ( φιλοτιμέομαι , philotiméomaı̄ , "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"), 2 Corinthians 5:9 ("We are ambitious, whether at home or absent, to be well-pleasing unto him"), and 1 Thessalonians 4:11 ("that ye be ambitious to be quiet").
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Orr, James, M.A., D.D. General Editor. Entry for 'Ambitious'. International Standard Bible Encyclopedia. https://www.studylight.org/encyclopedias/eng/isb/a/ambitious.html. 1915.