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Israel declined morality wise and the more they went away from God, the more oppressed they became from other countries because God had taken more of his protection away from them. Josiah was one of the few kings who combatted against all of the idol worship by having many of the idols torn down. It wasn’t enough, though, and eventually Israel was taken over when Zedekiah was king. Zedekiah and his men fled away from the city but Zedekiah was over taken and captured and Israel was defeated. A governor was put in charge of the remaining Israelites while the rest of the people were taken to work as slaves for the victorious nation.