Passage Guide

Updated for Logos 6+

Page Contents

What is the Passage Guide?

The Passage Guide can provide exegesis of either a single verse or a broader passage of scripture through your commentaries or Logos’ textual analysis tools e.g. exposing figurative language, literary typing, interesting words and cultural concepts. It can also provide cross references and parallel passages.
Both Passage Guide and Exegetical Guide focus on passages, but the former does not include sections for word study. However, they can include the same sections

How do I open the Passage Guide?

Opening from the Home Page


Enter a passage into the Go Bar on the Home Page and it will create a layout that also includes the Exegetical Guide, your top 5 bibles, your top commentary, the information tool, and the text comparison tool.

Opening from the Guides menu


Opening from the right-click Context menu

Right click any part of the passage in your bible to open the Context menu:

  • select Reference on the right hand side e.g. 1 Cor 15:29
  • select Passage Guide on the left hand side.
    • Passage Guide will open in a new tab.

Opening a saved Passage Guide

Open the Guides menu and click on one of the listed(saved) Passage Guides on the right:

(Logos 4) Saved guides are not displayed in the menu, so it is advised that you drag your guide into a Favorites folder before closing the guide. Then it can be opened from Favorites in the future.

Sections in the Passage Guide

Basic parts of the Passage Guide

When you make changes to sections in an Passage Guide Logos saves the guide (see Opening a saved Passage Guide). Don’t confuse a saved guide with a Custom Guide.

Shown here is an example with all sections collapsed.


  1. Passage Guide Menu
    Click on the Passage Guide icon to open the menu.

  2. Title section
    This is found in all guides. The header will show your scripture reference, or if you previously entered a title, it also shows your title. The Title and Description boxes appear when you click on the header.

  3. Opening and Closing Sections
    Sections remember their last used state. If the section was collapsed on the last run, it will begin collapsed the next time.
    To open a section simply click anywhere on the section header.

    Remove a section from the report by clicking on the “X”

  4. Add Sections
    Add allows you to include other sections in your guide, but it is not permanent unless you create a Custom Passage Guide.

Commentaries section

This is the main section of the guide. From here you have access to your commentaries for the passage.

  • The resources are listed according to your prioritization.
  • The more button reveals more commentaries.
  • Hover your mouse over the section heading and notice the Settings button on the right side. Click on Settings and you will see a drop down list of collections for your commentaries.
  • You can have several Commentaries sections; each with its own collection.

Collections section

Unlike Commentaries this section will show resources where your passage is given as a reference in any context.

  • For best results choose a collection of “topical” resources.
  • You can have several Collections sections; each with its own collection.

Cross References section

This section provides references to other passages related to your passage. The top five results have the passage text listed whilst the other results are listed by Bible reference only.

  • Your cross reference resources are listed first. Then there is a combined list of the cross references from all Bibles in your library.

Parallel Passages section

These are passages that have a similar content to your passage, either by quotation or allusion, and they can come from either “Testament”. They are listed under their source “Harmony”-type resource.

Topics section

These are concepts and ideas related to your passage.

  • As Tags you have to click on the topic to reveal the links
  • As Cloud you also have to click on the topic. It is expressed in Wordle format.
  • As a List the topics are presented in a simple list. Click a topic to see the links.

Interesting Words section

This section “lists” the important words that are in the text.

  • Click a word to see where it is mentioned.

Compare Versions section

This section indicates how close is the wording of various translations for your passage, with your chosen bible as the base.

  • Settings allows you to change the bibles and the type of view.

Adding sections to the Passage Guide

Logos allows you to Add various sections to your Passage Guide and some can be added multiple times e.g. Commentaries, Collections.
The guide is saved when you do this but the sections will only appear for that specific Guide.
Some sections that can be added are shown below:

  • Click on Add in the toolbar to see it for youself.
  • See Logos Help for a description.
  • The ones that are grayed out are already in the guide. It also indicates that the section can only be shown once in the guide.
  • Sections which are black in color are available to be added to the guide.
  • If already in the guide it means that the section can be added more than once. Usually these can be customized via Settings after the section is added.
  • When selected the new section will appear at the bottom, but you can drag it to where you want it (or you can drag it from the menu).

If you want the sections to appear each time you open the Guide, you need to create a Custom Passage Guide, and then you can choose that Guide from the Guides drop down menu. If you name it My Passage Guide it will be preferred over the standard guide.

Deleting Passage Guides

Deleting a saved Passage Guide

Go to the Guides menu, right click a saved Passage Guide and click Delete.

In Logos 4 it is necessary to locate and open a saved guide to delete it:

  1. Open your saved guide (see Opening a saved Passage Guide)
  2. Click on the guide’s icon to see the drop down menu.
  3. Click on Delete this guide.
  4. Click on the X in the guide’s panel to close the guide.

Deleting a Custom Passage Guide

Warning: if you delete a custom Passage Guide its saved guides will also be deleted.

  1. Click on the Guides menu.
  2. In the drop down menu locate the custom guide that you want to delete and right click on it.
  3. In the pop-up menu click on Delete.

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