The unmarried state which is commended by Paul (1 Cor. 7: 20–27) but without insisting on it as a discipline. There is no sin in getting married and those who are married need not obtain separations. Paul's advice is to avoid any personal unsettlement and trouble in view of the eschatological crisis and judgement on the world which he thought, at that time, to be imminent. He confirms, however (1 Cor. 9: 5), the picture in the gospels of Peter and other apostles being married men (Mark 1: 30).