Identify Repeated Words in a Passage

Traditionally, Bible study consists of three phases: observation, interpretation, and application. During observation we’re encouraged to read the biblical text numerous times asking the journalistic questions of Who? What? When? Where? Why? How?

Also, during this initial step of Bible study we’re supposed to identify any repeated words which may indicate an emphasis or theme.

For example in Luke 15 words like lost, found, and rejoice occur frequently and they do indeed point to the main point of the chapter.

To help identify these repeating words Logos Bible Software 7 presents the Corresponding Words Visual Filter which highlights words related to the one on which the cursor is pointing. While this filter is available in any Logos resource, it’s most helpful in Bibles with the interlinear option.

Let’s take a look at a practical example of this NEW Logos 7 feature:

  • Open an English Bible with the interlinear option such as the ESV (A)
  • Navigate to Philippians 3:6 (B)


  • Click the Visual Filters icon on the resource’s toolbar (C)
  • Click the arrow to the left of the Resource box to expand the section revealing available Visual Filters (D)
  • Select the Resource box (which toggles on/off selected filters) (E)
  • Click the arrow to the left of the Corresponding Words box to expand the section revealing options available in this Bible (F)
  • Select the Corresponding Words box (which toggles on/off this one filter) (G)
  • Select Same lemma which will “highlight” the same dictionary form of the Hebrew/Greek word on which the cursor is hovering (H)


  • Click the Visual Filters icon again to close the menu
  • Rest the cursor on the word persecutor in Philippians 3:6 (I)
  • Notice the word persecutor is “highlighted” but also the phrase press on in 3:12 and 3:14 (J) which means all of these are the same Greek lemma!


So here’s the takeaway. If I were studying Philippians3, as a part of observation, I would read this chapter several times in my English Bible. Almost certainly, however, I would never assume persecutor and press on are the same Greek lemma! This Visual Filter quickly shows me indeed they are.

This of course does not imply the lemma has the same meaning in each occurrence. It may very well mean something different in each instance. That’s the purpose of interpretation, to discover specific, contextual meanings of words.

This Visual Filter does, though, help with better observation, which in turn sets up better interpretation.

We’re just getting started with NEW Logos 7 features and this blog doesn’t even fully explain this one Visual Filter.

We want you to have detailed training on Logos 7 so please check out the training manual and seminar:

  • What’s New in Logos 7 Training Manual (38 chapters and 256 pages available in a full color print version and a Logos download)
  • ALL NEW Camp Logos 1 and 2 in Phoenix on September 13-15 (This will be the grand opening Camp Logos for Logos 7. New attendees and alumni alike will discover new features, instructions, and syllabi)

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