Logos 5: Display Only Verbs in Word by Word

Today’s post is from Morris Proctor, certified and authorized trainer for Logos Bible Software. Morris, who has trained thousands of Logos users at his two-day Camp Logos seminars, provides many training materials.

Years ago, when I was first learning to study the Bible, my instructor encouraged me to focus on the verbs. He explained that, while all words are important, verbs move the passage along and generally hold the keys to interpretation. Verbs are—literally—where the action is!

Here’s a little Logos trick to help us examine verbs:

  • Choose Guides | Exegetical Guide.
  • Type a verse, like Philippians 1:27, in the Reference box (A).
  • Press Enter to generate the report.
  • Make sure the Word by Word section is expanded to show the verse in a gray box. (If not, click the section-title bar to expand it.) (B)


  • Rest the cursor on the Word by Word title bar to reveal a Settings link (C).
  • Click Settings (D).


  • Make sure these options are selected: 
    • Show all words (E)
    • Include only these parts of speech: (F)
    • Verb (G)
  • Click outside the menu to close it and rebuild the Word by Word section (H).


  • Notice that only the verbs are displayed and analyzed (I).


  • Return to the Settings list to select a different part of speech, or click any word in the gray box to display other words (J).

This small feature keeps the word list manageable, while simultaneously allowing you to concentrate on the words of your choice!

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  1. A powerful tool that will considerably cut initial language time down. This exercise also allows me to recall some of the other parts of speech that have become a little rusty over time.

  2. Nice feature!! Wish I had known about this earlier :D

  3. Cynthia Feenstra says

    THANK YOU! I just wanted to say thanks for the wonderful tip! Wish I knew this a long time ago. I am often looking for the verbs and do it through the morph. This is great!

  4. Steve DeKok says

    Great tool. Thank you for that help.

  5. Wow this is so confusing. Will keep trying to figure out why you are talking about. Would love to use this tool in Bible Study, but…

  6. Got it now.

  7. Thank you this one is really great… Saves a lot of time…

  8. Brilliant, wish I'd known this before

  9. Doc Dewberry says

    What a wonderful tool for those that need a boost with learning parts of English.

  10. Almost every day I am amazed at the ease of use and power of Logos Bible Software, especially when just doing a short study.