speak kindly (to their hearts)

“It was interesting to find how similar some of the Hebrew ways of expression are to Bari idiom. (…) [For instance], in Genesis 50:21 (‘Joseph spoke kindly to them’ in English) Bari follows Hebrew in saying that he spoke ‘to their hearts'”

Source: Source: P. Guillebaud in The Bible Translator 1965, p. 189ff.