Open your favorite lexicon with a double-click

You're reading in your English Bible and want to quickly find out if a particular word has additional meanings in the original language. Logos has the answer with a double-click!

You don't even have to know Greek or Hebrew to do it. Logos takes you directly to your favorite lexicon with a double-click, and without you having to scroll, it opens the book at the right word! 

The old-fashioned way

There is nothing wrong with the old-fashioned way of looking up a word in a dictionary. After all, many have grown up with it and made it big. Still, it is worthwhile to do a little experiment to see what the benefits of Logos Bible Software are. And as a starting point we take the situation that we only have an English Bible in front of us, with a stopwatch. 

We read 2 Cor. 1:2 and want to know the meaning of the underlying Greek word for "peace. The stopwatch turns on and here we go: 

  1. we grab a Greek New Testament (oops, here you are already stranded, if you don't know Greek!);
  2. we look up 2 Cor. 1:2 in our Greek New Testament;
  3. then we try to find the Greek word for "peace.
  4. as soon as we use the Greek word εἰρήνη (eirènè) have found, we grab a Greek-Dutch or Greek-English dictionary from the closet; 
  5. we are looking for the word εἰρήνη (eirènè) on and read what the dictionary says about it. 
Stopwatch goes off. Depending on your experience with this process and the routine you may or may not have built up in it, this process takes at least 10 seconds to as much as a full minute. Precious time, especially if you want or need to look something up more often. Pure search time that you would rather spend studying the Bible text.
And now we go to Logos....

The Logos Way

With Logos, this process is reduced to one simple double-click with your mouse! What do you have to do to do this? 

See the screenshot below for a visual overview of the steps below to accomplish this. 

What to do.

To achieve this, you can simply follow the following roadmap: 

  1. Go to Program Settings and select "Look up" as the Double-Click Action.
  2. Make sure your favorite Greek and/or Hebrew lexicon is prioritized.
  3. Click on a word in your English Bible (e.g., ESV, NIV, KJV, NASB95, LEB).
  4. Logos now also selects the underlying Greek (or Hebrew) word, regardless of whether you have the Greek (or Hebrew) Bible text open or not!
  5. At the same time, Logos opens your favorite (= prioritized) lexicon at the word you are looking for.
  6. If you have another lexicon for the same language, you can merge it with your favorite lexicon. When doing so, do select a different link set than the one you use for your Bibles.
Bible study with Logos has never been easier!

Bonus tip

Of course you can do this with different lexicons and dictionaries. Advanced prioritization allows you to open different dictionaries when double-clicking in different Bibles. For example: 

  • ESV: let Logos open your favorite English dictionary
  • NIV: Let Logos open your favorite theological dictionary
  • Greek/Hebrew Bible: let Logos open your favorite Greek/Hebrew lexicon
We will write a power tip about advanced prioritization in the future. Want to know more about it right away? Then take a look at the Logos wiki page on advanced prioritization.


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