And Moses raised his hand and struck the rock twice with his rod. Out came copious water, and the community and their beasts drank.
Moshe went from rock to rock saying the words Hashem had told him to use but he was unable to find the right one. He therefore thought that maybe he was supposed to hit the rock as he was told to do the first time (Exodus 17:6).
When Moshe raised his arm to strike it, Hashem placed the correct rock in front of him and he hit it causing the rock to release several drops of blood before the water flowed.
According to another opinion, when Moshe first hit the rock only a few drops of water came out. A number of scoffers made fun of this. After Moshe struck the rock a second time, so much water came out that it drowned them.
(Nachalat Yaakov, Meam Loez)
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