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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
1. (a.) Greatly desirous of superiority, power, honor, office, or distinction.

2. (a.) Strongly desirous; -- followed by of or the infinitive; as, ambitious to be or to do something.

3. (a.) Springing from, characterized by, or indicating, ambition; showy; aspiring; as, an ambitious style.

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"), 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").

5383. philoproteuo -- to strive to be first
... to wish to be first. From a compound of philos and protos; to be fond of being first,
ie Ambitious of distinction -- love to have the preeminence. ...
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2052. eritheia -- rivalry, hence ambition
... Origin from erithos (day-laborer) Definition rivalry, hence ambition NASB Word Usage
disputes (2), selfish ambition (3), selfishly ambitious (1), selfishness (1 ...
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Ambition in Service.
... deep.". We are to be ambitious in service. Jesus was ambitious. ... it. That for
which a man is ambitious decides the quality of the word. ...
// talks on service/ambition in service.htm

The Story of Hazael
... As is usually the case, Hazael the successful soldier becomes ambitious. His sword
seems to be the real sceptre, and he will have the dominion. ...
/.../maclaren/expositions of holy scripture g/the story of hazael.htm

"As the Stars. "
... And the promise of that old prophetic bit is this: "They shall shine." You know
everybody wants to shine. It is right to be ambitious, with a right ambition. ...
// talks on service/as the stars.htm

West by Way of the East.
... Japan is both bright and ambitious to an almost abnormal degree, and as tricky in
its dealings, and morally unclean in its life, as it is bright and ambitious. ...
/.../gordon/quiet talks with world winners/west by way of the.htm

God's Sovereignty.
... It is the best plan. For God is ambitious for us; more ambitious for you and me
than we are for ourselves, though few of us really believe that. ...
/.../gordon/quiet talks with world winners/gods sovereignty.htm

The World-Winning Climb.
... earnestly. But it made no impression on the ambitious youth. ... That record is in
safety above.". We laugh at the ambitious young Englishman. But ...
/.../gordon/quiet talks with world winners/the world-winning climb.htm

Concerning the Tabernacle which Moses Built in the Wilderness for ...
... Now when these things were brought together with great diligence, [for every one
was ambitious to further the work even beyond their ability,] he set ...
/.../josephus/the antiquities of the jews/chapter 6 concerning the tabernacle.htm

Christ's Reprehension of the Pharisees Seeking a Sign his Censure ...
... those who caught at the uppermost places and the honour of public salutations, He
only follows out the Creator's course, [4596] who calls ambitious persons of ...
/.../the five books against marcion/chapter xxvii christs reprehension of the.htm

General Characterization.
... Innumerable good qualities of mind and body were apparent in him; he was exceedingly
ambitious of military glory, and had great success in his wars; a success ...
/.../pamphilius/the life of constantine/section 7 general characterization.htm

From the Close of the General Conference of 1816 to the ...
... It has also been objected to Mr. Lee, that he evinced an ambitious mind; and his
disappointment at not being elected a bishop at the time Richard Whatcoat was ...
/.../chapter 4 from the close.htm

Ambitious (6 Occurrences)
... 2. (a.) Strongly desirous; -- followed by of or the infinitive; as, ambitious to
be or to do something. ... Int. Standard Bible Encyclopedia. AMBITIOUS. ...
/a/ambitious.htm - 9k

Ambition (9 Occurrences)

/a/ambition.htm - 9k

Ambush (39 Occurrences)

/a/ambush.htm - 19k

Nebuchadnezzar (90 Occurrences)
... But Nabopolassar was ambitious of reconquering from Necho the western provinces
of Syria, and for this purpose he sent his son with a powerful army westward ...
/n/nebuchadnezzar.htm - 57k

Jehu (63 Occurrences)
... "He was one of those decisive, terrible, and ambitious, yet prudent, calculating,
and passionless men whom God from time to time raises up to change the fate ...
/j/jehu.htm - 47k

Immanuel (3 Occurrences)
... Pekah, king of Israel, a bold and ambitious usurper, and Rezin, king of Syria, formed
an alliance, the dual object of which was, first, to organize a ...
/i/immanuel.htm - 16k

Iscariot (11 Occurrences)
... But the situation, however disquieting it must have been to the ambitious designs
which probably actuated Judas in his acceptance of the apostleship (compare ...
/i/iscariot.htm - 25k

Flourish (26 Occurrences)
... or performed in a fanciful, wanton, or vaunting manner, by way of ostentation, to
excite admiration, etc.; ostentatious embellishment; ambitious copiousness or ...
/f/flourish.htm - 18k

Rebekah (31 Occurrences)
... of character, which appears in every line of the narrative, and prepares the reader
to find in subsequent chapters the positive, ambitious and energetic woman ...
/r/rebekah.htm - 21k

Eagerly (36 Occurrences)
... 1 Corinthians 14:1 Be eager in your pursuit of this Love, and be earnestly ambitious
for spiritual gifts, but let it be chiefly so in order that you may ...
/e/eagerly.htm - 15k

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Ambitious (6 Occurrences)

Romans 2:8
but to those who are self-seeking, and don't obey the truth, but obey unrighteousness, will be wrath and indignation,
(See NAS)

1 Corinthians 14:1
Be eager in your pursuit of this Love, and be earnestly ambitious for spiritual gifts, but let it be chiefly so in order that you may prophesy.

1 Corinthians 14:12
Therefore, seeing that you are ambitious for spiritual gifts, seek to excel in them so as to benefit the Church.

1 Corinthians 14:39
The conclusion, my brethren, is this. Be earnestly ambitious to prophesy, and do not check speaking with tongues;

2 Corinthians 5:9
Wherefore also we are ambitious, whether at home or away from home, to be well pleasing to him,

1 Timothy 1:7
They are ambitious to be teachers of the Law, although they do not understand either their own words or what the things are about which they make such confident assertions.



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