Baker Encyclopedia of the Bible
Ambassador. Messenger or envoy officially representing a higher authority.See Trades and Occupations.
The International Standard Bible Encyclopedia, Revised
Ambassador [Heb. ṣîr (Isa. 18:2), mal’āḵ—‘messenger’ (Ezk. 17:15); Gk. presbeúō—‘act as an ambassador,’ lit ‘be older. (2 Cor. 5:20; Eph. 6:20), presbýtēs (see below, on Philem. 9)]; AV also “the aged” (Philem. 9); NEB also ENVOY, MESSENGER. An official representative of a king or government.
Tyndale Bible Dictionary
AMBASSADOR Messenger or envoy officially representing a higher authority. In the OT, an ambassador was a messenger, envoy, or negotiator sent on a special, temporary mission as an official representative of the king, government, or authority who sent him. Examples include the ambassador of Pharaoh (Is
The Wycliffe Bible Encyclopedia
AMBASSADOR. In the KJV the following three Heb. words are translated “ambassador”; mal˒āk, meaning “messenger” (2 Chr 35:21; Isa 30:4; 33:7; Ezk 17:15); mlı̂ṣ, meaning “intercessor” or “interpreter” (2 Chr 32:31); and ṣı̂r, meaning “ambassador” (Josh 9:4; Prov 13:17; Isa 18:2; Jer 49:14; Ob 1). The
The New Bible Dictionary, Third Edition
AMBASSADOR (Heb. mal’āḵ, ‘messenger’; lûṣ, ‘interpreter’; ṣîr, ‘to go’). A term used to describe envoys sent to other nations on special occasions, e.g. to congratulate (1 Ki. 5:1; 2 Sa. 8:10), solicit favours (Nu. 20:14), make alliances (Jos. 9:4), or protest against wrongs (Jdg. 11:12). Usually
Smith’s Bible Dictionary
Ambassador, a person of high rank employed by a government to represent it and transact its business at the seat of government of some other power. The earliest examples of ambassadors employed occur in Num. 20:14; 21:21; Judges 11:7–19; afterwards in that of the fraudulent Gibeonites, Josh. 9:4, etc.,
The New Unger’s Bible Dictionary
AMBASSADOR (Heb. ṣı̂r, one who goes on an “errand”; lûṣ, “interpreter”; mal˒āk, “messenger”). The isolated position of ancient Israel rendered comparatively unnecessary the employment of ambassadors, although examples are afforded of the employment of such functionaries. They do not seem to have
Easton’s Bible Dictionary
AmbassadorIn the Old Testament the Hebrew word tsir, meaning “one who goes on an errand,” is rendered thus (Josh. 9:4; Prov. 13:17; Isa. 18:2; Jer. 49:14; Obad. 1:1). This is also the rendering of melits, meaning “an interpreter,” in 2 Chr. 32:31; and of malak, a “messenger,” in 2 Chr. 35:21; Isa. 30:4;
International Standard Bible Encyclopedia
AMBASSADOR<am-bas’-a-dor> ( מַלְאָךְ‎ [mal’akh], “messenger”; לוּץ‎ [’luts], “interpreter”; צִיר‎ [tsir], “to go”; hence a messenger; [πρεσβεύω, presbeuo], “to act as an ambassador,” literally, to be older): An ambassador is an official representative of a king or government, as of Pharaoh (Isaiah
The Westminster Bible Dictionary
Am-basʹsa-dor, a person sent to a foreign court as the representative of his king (2 Chron. 32:31). In the Old Testament the word is of frequent occurrence, and in the New Testament (2 Cor 5:20) it is applied to the apostles in the sense that they were sent forth by divine authority and furnished with
Holman Illustrated Bible Dictionary
AMBASSADOR Representative of one royal court to another. According to the KJV, NASB, and NIV reading of Josh. 9:4, the Gibeonites pretended to be official ambassadors from a foreign government as they approached Joshua (cp. NRSV). The king of Babylon sent official ambassadors to learn of Hezekiah’s power
The Zondervan Encyclopedia of the Bible, Volume 1, A–C
ambassador. An official representative of a ruler or government. Ambassadors and envoys are mentioned throughout most of the biblical period (e.g., Num. 20:14; Jdg. 11:12; 2 Chr. 32:31; Isa. 30:4). Disrespect shown to them was regarded as a serious insult to their sovereign and his people, and sometimes
Key passages
2 Co 5:20

Therefore we are ambassadors on behalf of Christ, as if God were imploring you through us. We beg you on behalf of Christ, be reconciled to God.

Eph 6:20

for the sake of which I am an ambassador in chains, that in them I may speak freely, as it is necessary for me to speak.