When they have something to bite with their teeth,
They cry, “Peace,”
But against him who puts nothing in their mouths
They declare holy war.
Micah 3:5 (warning, pre-Babylonian exile) biblegateway.com/passage/?searc…
If the Second Temple religious elites really were humble 'holy' men, desiring only to be left alone by 'evil' Persia, Greece, and Rome to worship Yahweh, how then did they accumulate treasures totalling 26 tons of gold, and 65 tons of silver?