How to Locate a Specific Phrase in the Bible

man on computer using logos media search

Today’s blog centers on a question from a Logos user:

I’m working through 2 Corinthians and, in 9:8, Paul refers to “good work” (singular). When I execute a phrase search, I also get “good works” (plural). What setting am I missing that limits the search to just the singular or plural form?

The answer to the question is called match all word forms in your Search panel, and it applies equally to simple word searches as well as phrase searches.

Check this out:

screenshot of word search for "good work"
  • Click the Search icon in the Go box to open the Search panel
  • Select Bible as the search type
  • Designate the verse range to New Testament
  • Select your desired Bible from the drop-down list
  • Type this query in the box: “good work”
  • Press the Enter/Return key to generate the results

Notice in my image I have both the singular and plural forms of the phrase.

Screenshot of open panel menu
  • Choose the panel menu (three vertical dots) in the upper right of the Search panel
  • Notice in my image Match all word forms is selected
  • Deselect Match all word forms
screenshot of narrowed word search results for "good work"

Notice the results shift to only the singular form of the phrase.

This setting is almost “out of sight out of mind,” but it’s an important one to be aware of. Also, keep in mind the Search panel maintains your selection when it is closed and reopened.

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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.

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