Custom Highlighting: Orig Lang. (for Visual Filters)

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  • To build a custom Highlighting Style which will allow you to pre-append a specific original language word to text in a Reverse Interlinear bible.
    Or you can pre-append an English word instead.
  • After running through this exercise, you can build other highlighting styles to make the original language pop out as you read e.g. in the NT, try this with ἀγάπη (love) or φιλέω (brotherly love).

Building the Highlighting Style

  • The steps below will guide you in building a highlighting style for the lemma YHWH, which is often translated as LORD in the Old Testament.


  1. We will need a Bible which has a Reverse Interlinear for the Old Testament
    • Open the ESV Bible.
    • In the reference box, enter the passage Psalm 3:1
  2. Right click on the word LORD
  3. In the Context Menu that appears:
    • Click on the lemma symbol
    • Click on Text to copy the Hebrew word
  4. In the Highlighting tool:
    • Locate one of your custom Palettes, then right click and select Add a New Style
      Click on New Palette if you do not have a custom Palette.
  5. In the top part of the Edit window click on Font Styling.
    • Click on the scaling box, and in the drop down menu select 80%
    • (Optional) click on the superscript button (X2)
  6. Below that, click on Insert Text
    • right click in the box under Text Before
    • click Paste in the pop-up menu
      this pastes the Hebrew lemma that we copied in step 3
    • click on the scaling box, and in the drop down menu select 80%
  7. Now click in the name box and give your highlighting style a name e.g. YHWH
  8. Now click on the Save button to save your new highlighting style.

Now let’s try out the new highlighting style.

  • In the ESV, use your mouse to select the word LORD.
  • Click on your new highlighting style.
  • The word LORD should look like this:

  • The 80% scaling minimises impact to line spacing,
    but you can expriment with other values
  • If you want to use an English word instead of the Hebrew word,
    just type your English word at step 6, e.g. Yahweh.

Building a Visual Filter to use your Highlighting style

  • This will guide you in building a Visual Filter to use the custom highlighting style that you have built.
  1. Create a Morphological Visual Filter
  2. Select Logos Hebrew morphology
  3. Select ESV for the resource
  4. Select Old Testament for the range.
  5. Copy the lemma for LORD in Ps 3:1 (see step 3 above).
  6. In the Search box, type the text lemma: (with the colon), then paste the Hebrew word
    • it should look like lemma:יהוה
  7. Click the Formatting box on the right, and select the highlighting style that you created previously.
    • In the ESV, you should see the word LORD change to reflect the highlighting.
  • It is important to know that every occurrence of the lemma that you used may not be translated as LORD. So where some occurrences of the highlighting show where they should not, you will understand what is happening.
    • If you really wanted to customize your filter for each true lemma that is LORD, you could build a Passage List (see Using Passage List to limit Visual Filters)
    • Possibly do a Morph Search on lemma:יהוה INTERSECTS LORD, then create a Passage List.
    • Then in your Visual Filter (step 7) change the Old Testament to the Passage List.
  • You can use the Locator bar in the ESV to move between different highlighted text (see Finding Highlighted Text)

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