Using Senses in Bible Word Study

A Senses ring appears in the Guide, Bible Word Study. What are the numbers to the right of the senses underneath the ring?

First, we need to generate a Bible Word Study report:

  • Open a Bible with the interlinear option such as NASB to 1 Peter 5:2 (A)
  • Right-click on the word shepherd (B)
  • Select from the left side of the menu the lemma (the one with the ring icon) (C)
  • Select from the right side of the menu Bible Word Study (D)
  • Expand the Senses section in Bible Word Study (E)

The Senses ring shows the lemma under study in the center (F) and the various senses/meanings/uses of the word on the outside of the ring. (G) These various meanings have been suggested by a team of scholars at Faithlife. Underneath the ring, you also see the suggested uses of the word. (H)

Let’s focus on the sense to shepherd(I)

  • Notice to the right of to shepherd “3 of 11,” which means the lemma under study has been assigned a sense 11 times in the New Testament, and 3 of those 11 times have the sense to shepherd (J)
  • Notice to the far-right 3/14, which means the sense to shepherd appears 14 times in the Bible and 3 of those 14 times are the lemma under study (K)
  • Click the arrow to the left of to shepherd (L) to reveal a Hebrew word that also shares the sense to shepherd (M)

Keep in mind, the Senses section is coming from the Bible Sense Lexicon found on the Tools menu. This “lexicon” does not contain an alphabetical listing of articles about lemmas the way traditional lexicons do. The Bible Sense Lexicon is organized around meanings. That’s why multiple Hebrew and Greek lemmas may appear with the same sense because they all share a similar meaning!

Please note the Biblical Word Senses Dataset appears in the Bronze and above base packages.

For more detailed training about the Bible Sense Lexicon, please check out 24/7 video training at

And don’t forget to follow, and you’ll automatically receive a FREE digital download of Dr. Grant Osborne’s commentary Ephesians Verse by Verse.

Follow the Morris Proctor Seminars Faithlife group

When you follow Morris’ group, you’ll automatically receive a FREE digital download of Dr. Grant Osborne’s commentary Ephesians Verse by Verse.

Morris Proctor is a certified trainer for Logos Bible Software. Morris, who has trained thousands of Logos users at his two-day Camp Logos seminars, provides many training materials.

learning logos morris proctor blog

Written by
Morris Proctor

Morris Proctor (1961–2023) was a certified trainer for Logos Bible Software and founder of MP Seminars. Morris trained thousands of Logos users at his two-day Camp Logos seminars, and his team continues to provide many training materials.

View all articles

Your email address has been added

Written by Morris Proctor