Copy Bible Verses

Updated for Logos 6+

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How to Use Copy Bible Verses

Use the Copy Bible Verses tool to copy Bible text from any Bible version in your Logos library, in a variety of styles, to paste in a word processing or other document.

  1. Click on Copy Bible Verses in the top Tools menu.

  2. Type a passage or pericope in the Reference box and press Enter, or first choose a pericope and passage from the suggested matches displayed as you type.
    1. When entering verse(s) manually, you may need to Turning off Follow in the Menu first.
    2. When entering multiple verses which are not in sequence, use a comma or semicolon between verses (see Entering Multiple verses).

  3. Choose a style from the style drop-down list (Fully Formatted is the default.)

  4. Choose a Bible version from the version drop-down list.

  5. Choose a word processing or other program from the program drop-down list.

  6. Click the Copy and Paste button, if available, to copy the text and paste it automatically into the document.
  7. If Copy and Paste is grayed out, click on Copy to copy the text, then click into the open document in the other program, and click on its Edit | Paste menu to paste the text.

Note: There is a limitation on the amount size of the passage that can be “copied” using Copy Bible Verses. This will not normally be an issue, but if you were trying to insert the whole whole text of a bible book into your document then this would not be possible and you would need to break it down into smaller portions.

Copy Bible Verses Styles

Choose one of the built-in styles or create your own!

1. Open the Copy Bible Verses tool.
2. Click on the style drop-down arrow to open the gallery of styles.
3. Choose the built-in style that best fits how you want the verse to appear in your document.
• A preview of each style is displayed to help you with your choice.
• If you want a style that will bring over footnotes and citations with the text, choose Fully Formatted with Footnotes.
• If none of the built-in styles works for you, you can create a new style.

Create a new style:

  1. Choose the built-in style that is closest to the style you want.

  2. Click on the panel icon and choose Edit Style: [style name]. This will open a copy of that style template. The style name will have a “(2)” after it. You can keep that name or type a unique name for your style.
  3. You can also click on Create a new style on the panel menu, or at the lower-left corner of the style gallery.

  4. Below the style name are the formatting options, codes and replacement tokens that represent the different style components. To learn how to use these to create a new style, go to Copy Bible Verses Syntax help.

Copy Bible Verses Syntax

 Logos Help. (2016). Bellingham, WA: Faithlife.

Global Formatting options: (they must come first in your style definition)

%NoCharFormatting remove character formatting, i.e., bold, italic, etc.
%NoParFormatting remove paragraph formatting, i.e., poetry line breaks
%NoRedLetter words of Christ will be in black text
%NoFootnotes footnotes will not be copied
%NoCitation bibliographic citations will not be copied
%UseBibleParagraphs paragraphs will be copied as they appear in the Bible
%CopyAllText all text will be copied, inc. cross-reference footnotes, verse numbers, etc.
%HeaderStyle = My Style Name Word style for header
%ForEachVerseStyle = My Style Name Word style for verse
%FooterStyle = My Style Name Word style for footer
%FootnoteStyle = My Style Name Word style for all footnotes, including citations
%CitationStyle = My Style Name Word style for citation footnotes

Replacement tokens:

[FullPassageRef] e.g., John 3:16-18
[ShortPassageRef] e.g., Jn 3:16-18
[FullBookName] e.g., John
[ShortBookName] e.g., Jn
[ChapterNum] e.g., 3
[VerseNum]* e.g., 16
[VerseNumInContext]* e.g., no number (first verse), 16, or 4:1 (if passage spans chapters)
[FullVerseRef]* e.g., John 3:16
[ShortVerseRef]* e.g., Jn 3:16
[Version] e.g., ESV
[VerseText]* e.g., For God so loved ...

* Not supported in headers or footers

Formatting codes: (HTML tags)

<p>...</p> paragraph
<tab> tab
<b>...</b> bold
<i>...</i> italic
<u>...</u> underline
<sup>...</sup> superscript
<sub>...</sub> subscript

Example Copy Bible Verses Syntax

Full passage in quotes, no paragraphs, no footnotes, no Red Letter words of Christ:


” ([FullPassageRef], [Version])</p>

Copy Bible Verses Shortcuts

Opening the Copy Bible Verse panel



Key combo


Key combo


Ctrl Alt B

Open CBV Panel

From the Copy Bible Verse panel and it being the active panel.



Key combo


Key combo



CBV Paste


CBV Copy

Copying Multiple Verses

 Logos allows you to enter multiple verses in the reference box. But you will need to turn OFF the Follow method for Linking in the menu prior to entering your verse(s) in the reference box, or Logos may automatically change your verse(s) in the reference box.

Turning off Follow in the Menu

  1. Click on the Copy Bible Verse panel’s icon to view the menu.
  2. Click on None to turn Off linking so that Logos will not automatically change the reference in the reference box.

Entering Multiple verses

You will need to separate non-continuous verse ranges with a comma or a semicolon. NOTE: If you end your list of verses with a semicolon, it will simply ignore you. Do not end your selections with a comma or semicolon.

Examples details
Matt 1:1, Mark 1:2, Luke 1:1 3 separate verses
Matt 1:1–3; Matt 7:1–3 2 verse ranges within the same book
Matt 1:1–3, 7:1–3 2 verse ranges within the same book
Matt 1:1-2; 7:1-3; John 1:1-3 3 verse ranges, 2 in the same book and the other in a different book
Matt 1:1-2, 7:1-3, John 1:1-3 3 verse ranges, 2 in the same book and the other in a different book

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