Words and Phrasesvs 24 except ye shall lie - Nephi believed that truth is found in each of us. We cannot deny this truth without lying? To lie to oneself is a sin. The problem is that if you lie to yourself then it is easier to lie to God. When we remove ourselves from nature, from God's creation, from all that he has given us in the way of family, love and relationships, then we blind ourselves to the truths that he has given us as evidences.vs 25 ye rejected the truth - Why do we reject the truth, because our eyes are fixated on something shinier? more popular, more convenient?Vs 25 lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven - spiritual truths lead us to spiritual rewards
vs 27 your judge is murdered - yet another sign of Nephi's ability to read the signs and warnings of God. Yet another sign that God speaks to his prophets and tells them of things that will harm those who love him.
vs 28 the evil one who seeketh to destroy the souls of men- Why does he not say the spirits of men? or the bodies of men? Why because we need our spirit and our body to make our soul. If Satan can get to either our spirit or our body and lead us astray he can destroy our soul. Our souls' were meant to be eternal. If we live our lives in such a manner that we keep our souls clean and pure then we can find eternal life.
28 And behold, they both belong to your secret band, whose author is Gadianton and the evil one who seeketh to destroy the souls of men.