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 ( Numbers 20:14 ; 21:21 ; Judges 11:7-19 ) afterwards in that of the fraudulent Gibeonites, ( Joshua 9:4 ) etc., and in the instances of civic strife mentioned ( Judges 11:12 ) and Judg 20:12 Ambassadors are found to have been employed not only on occasions of hostile challenge or insolent menace, ( 1 Kings 20:2 1 Kings 20:6 ; 2 Kings 14:8 ) but of friendly compliment, of request for alliance or other aid, of submissive deprecation and of curious inquiry. ( 2 Kings 14:8 ; 16:7 ; 18:14 ; 2 Chronicles 32:31 ) Ministers are called ambassadors of Christ. [E] indicates this entry was also found in Easton's Bible Dictionary
Bibliography InformationSmith, William, Dr. "Entry for 'Ambassador,'". "Smith's Bible Dictionary".