It was in January during the ninth year of King Zedekiah's reign that King Nebuchadnezzar and his army returned to besiege Jerusalem.
References for Jeremiah 39:1
Two and a half years later, on July 18, the Babylonians broke through the wall, and the city fell.
References for Jeremiah 39:2
All the officers of the Babylonian army came in and sat in triumph at the Middle Gate: Nergal-sharezer of Samgar, and Nebo-sarsekim, a chief officer, and Nergal-sharezer, the king's adviser, and many others.
References for Jeremiah 39:3
King Zedekiah and his royal guard saw the Babylonians in the city gate, so they fled when the darkness of night arrived. They went out through a gate between the two walls behind the king's garden and headed toward the Jordan Valley.
References for Jeremiah 39:4
But the Babylonians chased the king and caught him on the plains of Jericho. They took him to King Nebuchadnezzar of Babylon, who was at Riblah in the land of Hamath. There the king of Babylon pronounced judgment upon Zedekiah.
References for Jeremiah 39:5
He made Zedekiah watch as they killed his sons and all the nobles of Judah.
Then he gouged out Zedekiah's eyes, bound him in chains, and sent him away to exile in Babylon.